Pet Aquamation

Aquamation is an eco-friendly, water-based pet cremation process.


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Aquamation is a form of pet cremation also known as alkaline hydrolysis, water-based cremation, and bio-cremation. Aquamation uses warm water, time, and alkali to mimic the natural decomposition of tissue that occurs after burial. In nature, this process can take years, but with the advancement in aquamation technology, this process now takes less than 20 hours.

At Heart With Wings, trained technicians who are skilled in performing aquamations will gently place your pet’s body into the aquamation chamber. They will add alkaline salts to the machine. Once the machine is started warm water will circulate through the machine for 18-24 hours. After the cycle is complete, the mineral components of your pet (bone) and nutrient-rich effluent will remain. If desired, the mineral ash of the bone will be returned to you. The nutrient-rich and environmentally safe effluent will be returned to the environment.

Aquamation is considerably more eco-friendly when you compare it to flame-based cremation. Aquamation reduces the carbon footprint by consuming less energy and producing less carbon dioxide than other forms of cremation.

To learn more about aquamation, please visit our FAQ page, or watch this video.

Aquamation Options

Private Aquamation

Private aquamation means your pet’s ashes will be returned to you. Private chambers reside within the machine providing a complete barrier among individual pets. The cost includes your choice of a handmade ceramic urn or a bamboo scatter tube.

Aquamation Options

Communal Aquamation

With a communal cremation, pets are cremated with other pets and ashes are scattered together. At Heart With Wings, we scatter the ashes over local forests.
Private Aquamation Pricing
  • < 20 pounds: $320 + hst
  • 21-50 pounds: $350 + hst
  • 51-90 pounds: $425 + hst
  • 91-120 pounds: $490 + hst
  • >120 pounds: $500 + hst
Communal Aquamation Pricing
  • < 20 pounds: $ 150 + hst
  • 21-50 pounds: $ 175 + hst
  • 51-90 pounds: $225
  • 91-120 pounds: $ 250
  • >121 pounds: $ 275 + hst