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Flameless Cremation, scientifically known as Alkaline Hydrolysis, is a natural, gentle, and eco-friendly alternative to fire based cremation. The process uses WATER as opposed to fire. By using a combination of 95% water and 5% alkalinity, Flameless Cremation mimics the same natural break down of a body if it were to be laid to rest directly in the soil, only accelerated. The following information is a brief description of what happens during the Flameless Cremation process.

During the Flameless Cremation process, a body is gently placed in a container which is then placed in a clean stainless steel vessel. A combination of warm water flow and alkalinity are used to accelerate the natural process of tissue hydrolysis and return the body back to nature.

At the end of the Flameless Cremation process, just like fire-based cremation, the only solid that remains is mineral bone (calcium phosphate) which is then processed and placed in an urn to be given back to the family. However, unlike fire-based cremation, the mineral bone ash from Flameless Cremation is clean and lighter in color because it is out without carbon discoloration. The mineral bone ash is 100% safe; pathogen and disease free.

If an individual has metal medical devices, such pacemakers or medical implants, those are recovered for recycling after the Flameless Cremation process has taken place.

Flameless Cremation is offered by funeral homes all across the United States, Canada, and Europe. It is even used by medical schools for individuals who have been donated to science, including the world renowned Mayo Clinic.

With new options we understand that there are questions that you may have about the Flameless Cremation process. By reading our Advantages/Frequently Asked Questions Page we hope your questions are answered. We also hope that clarification is made concerning some common misconceptions about the process as well.

If you still have questions or concerns, feel free to call us anytime. We understand that making funeral arrangements, whether it’s for a pre-need or at-need situation, can be a very stressful and emotional process. We want you to be 100% sure of any decision that is made when making funeral arrangements.

PLEASE NOTE: Hughes Funeral Alternatives, LLC only provides its services through funeral homes in St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Eastern Illinois, and surrounding areas. You may request our services by speaking to a funeral director at the funeral home of your choice.