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Designing Your Funeral

There are two facets of the design process. First, we ask you to consider how you wish to honor and celebrate the life. When those important decisions are made, we’ll turn to the issue of how you wish to care for the physical remains.

How to Honor a Life

It’s about bringing those you love together, at a time of loss. It’s a natural thing to do, and over time, has become a socially-expected practice. More importantly, a funeral or memorial service, whether traditional, or contemporary, is the first step in healing.

You can have your service anywhere, and any way, you want. Your choices include the place of celebration, day of the week, and time of day; the musical selection, what prayers will be said or songs you’d like sung. We can arrange to have doves, butterflies, or balloons released at the close of the service. Keepsake gifts of wildflower seeds or a tree seedling can be given. We’re here to help you create the most memorable and meaningful service to honor your loved one.

Burial, Cremation, or Flameless Cremation?

Your next consideration focuses on choosing between burial and cremation. Usually, people are clear on this point. In fact, your loved one may have told you, or someone else, exactly how they wish to be cared for. But it can be a hard decision for some families, especially when the wishes of the deceased were never clearly stated. If that's the case, please know we're able to help you come to the perfect decision for your loved one, and for you.

Once you decide, the finer details come into focus. If you've chosen burial, then selection of the casket, vault, and desired cemetery follows. Naturally, we’re here to help you.

If cremation is your choice, then you'll need to make the next decision: whether the cremated remains will be placed in a mausoleum niche, or buried on the cemetery grounds.  You may also choose to keep the cremated remains of your loved one in a decorative urn in your home, or scatter them in nature.

In some communities, there's the option for a 'green burial.' If that's what your loved one would prefer, we'll help you select an environmentally-friendly choice.

What is Flameless Cremation? 

A gentle and environmentally friendly method of disposition for your loved one.

Flameless Cremation uses WATER instead of fire and is a new alternative to burial or flame cremation. The scientific name for flameless cremation is alkaline hydrolysis which is essentially an accelerated form of natural decomposition. A combination of gentle water flow, temperature, and alkalinity are used to accelerate the natural course of breakdown accomplished by our eco-system at the end of life. The solution used is 95% water and 5% naturally derived alkalis.

REMEMBER OUR BODIES ARE ABOUT 65% WATER TO BEGIN WITH!

After the flameless cremation process, ash remains are returned to the family in the same manner as it is with flame cremation, however it is lighter in color because the ash is clean and without carbon discoloration.

Trusted institutions have chosen this process for bodies donated to medical science for many years. The Department of Anatomy at MAYO Clinic has been using alkaline hydrolysis since 2006 because the sterile process prevents the release of emissions and helps protect the earth's natural resources.

This new innovative process is now available to the general public as an end of life option. Final disposition is a personal decision and AquaGreen offers families a gentle environmentally friendly green cremation option.

Flameless cremation uses 85% less energy than a traditional flame cremation. No air pollutants or other harmful emissions are released.

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What's Next?

Now that we've given you the basics, it's time to reflect more on exactly what is appropriate for you and your family. If possible, gather everyone together to speak of their feelings and desires.

Still looking for inspiration? Speaking with a professional funeral planner will help to clarify your thinking. Reach us at (773) 545-3800.