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Aqua Cremations Salem Oregon

a new type of eco-friendly cremation


- An eco-friendly alternative choice.
- A process that does not use fire or flame.
- Receive up to 20% more of loved ones’ ashes
- A more gentle option than flame-based cremation.
- Decreased environmental impact of the process.


Why Water for Cremations ?

Aqua cremations are also known as water cremations. The body is placed in a chamber with 95% water and 5% alkali at a high temperature and pressure. The alkali breaks down the composition of the body over a number of hours, usually two to four hours. 

Then what is left are the deceased's bones -  cremains - similar to the ashes in a flame cremation. These are given to the family and to be placed into an urn, or scattered at a specific location. 

As with standard cremations, a family can choose from other services that include a family gathering, or a celebration of life service.

The cost for the aqua cremation is  $ 1,485.00. Other items to consider are certified copies of the death certificate - $ 25.00 per copy per State, the State filing fee of $ 20.00, and an urn. Please let us know what questions you may have.

When people often think of their final wishes here in the Northwest, they usually think of cremation then burial.  That is why in 1999, Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service installed their own crematory in their building.  Yet for families choosing cremation, there is now an option between traditional cremation and flameless cremation or aqua-cremation.  

Aqua Cremations are another choice that is now available from Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service. Read full story in STATESMAN JOURNAL article >