Sternentier Pet Cremation - Water Cremation
Sternentier Pet Cremation - Water Cremation

The Water Cremation – gentle & environmentally friendly

What is a water cremation? Perhaps you have already heard of the terms – some of which are protected by trademark law – alkaline hydrolysis, aquamation, biocremamtion or resomation. All of these describe the alternative possibility of cremating a pet in a water bath instead of burning it in an incinerator.

This is not a new process. Alkaline hydrolysis has been around since 1880, but unfortunately it is not yet approved for the cremation of pets in all countries. Currently not yet in Germany.

In this type of cremation, your pet is individually placed in a large chamber with water and the water is heated to around 150° C. An alkali solution is then added to speed up the cremation process.

The combination of water, alkali solution, heat and pressure causes the tissues of the body to dissolve. Only the inorganic bone materials remain. Since there was no fire incineration, these remains are absolutely clean and very light in colour. The ashes of your pet do not contain any soot or carbon particles as with a cremation. The water cremation takes a little longer than a flame cremation, but you will still get the ashes back in your hands within 1-2 weeks.

According to the company Bio-Response Solution, manufacturer of the systems for the water cremation of pets, this is the “green choice” of cremation. It is an energy efficient process that uses 90% less energy than cremation, 1/10 of the carbon footprint. There is also no burning of fossil fuels and no harmful greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere.

Especially in times of climate change and growing ecological awareness, as one of the first pet cremation services in Germany, we would like to offer you the water cremation as an alternative to flame cremation for your pet. We have been researching the procedure since 2019 and to establish it as a type of pet cremation in Germany. However, that could take years. Our previous inquiries to the LANUV, the federal parliament and the state parliament were rejected straight away. That is a shame, probably the only way left is going through the media.

Are you interested in water cremation for your pet? It is already allowed in the Netherlands! We would be happy to put you in touch. You will receive further information on the process and the prices in a personal conversation.

Here is a short presentation video of the Aquamation Centrum Twente for you, published with the kind permission of De Bréborgh (currently only available in German language):

Please note, if you decide on a water cremation for your pet, that no blanket, toys or similar may be added to the water bath. Of course, you can leave them with your pet for the farewell.