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Glenwood Cemetery is not a provider of aquamation (or, more formally called "alkaline hydrosis"), however we are happy to discuss the process with you and refer you to one or more trusted and licensed providers in Ontario. Once complete, remains can return to Glenwood for interment, scattering, or any other service we offer. 

The Bereavement Authority of Ontario defines aquamation as "a chemical process that uses the heated solution of water and alkaline under pressure and agitation to reduce a body to components of liquid and bone. The resulting bone fragments are dried and reduced. The liquid (hydrolysate) is disposed of into a waste-water treatment system."

Facts about Aquamation

What do the remains look like?

Remains from Aquamation resemble a fine, light coloured ash or powder. You will receive approximately 20-30% more ashes than with a flame cremation, and any inorganic materials (implants, fillings, etc.) are not burned and can be returned to the family. You should discuss these specifics with the Aquamation provider before deciding on a service provider. 


Where do the remains go?

The process for arranging Aquamation is similar to the process for a flame cremation. Your remains can be returned directly to you, or you can coordinate the return with a funeral home or with us at Glenwood Cemetery. 


What happens to the water?

Similar to the embalming process prior to a traditional burial, the byproducts are returned to the ecosystem via the normal wastewater treatment facility. 


What does Aquamation cost?

Because Glenwood Cemetery does not offer or sell the service, you will need to discuss pricing with your chosen service provider. 


If you haven't found the information you're looking for, we would be happy to help. Contact us today and we'll respond quickly. 

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