Aquamation Cost

Endswell’s Concierge Funeral Service


At Endswell, we offer concierge funeral care. This means that we can meet with you in your home or at our office in Hillsborough; or everything can be coordinated remotely.

Unlike many other funeral homes, we obtain death certificates directly from the Register of Deeds office and we hand deliver them to our clients, along with our eco-friendly bamboo urn.

Endswell handles all paperwork and government reporting. We report to the Health Department, the NC Department of Vital Records, and Social Security.

Endswell’s prices are transparent. For $3500.00, we offer one simple aquamation service that includes everything you need: Transportation to Endswell, governmental reporting, death certificates, an eco-friendly bamboo urn, and an obituary on our website.

There are many benefits to choosing Aquamation and Endswell is excited to be one of only three providers in North Carolina to offer this service. Continue reading to learn more about aquamation and feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

How Aquamation Works

Step 1:

End Of Life

Endswell ensures the safe and careful transportation of the body to our aquamation facility in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

Step 2:

Place The Body

After Endswell completes the necessary paperwork, the body is carefully placed into the sterilized aquamation chamber.

Step 3:


The alkaline solution flows around the body and transforms it in a manner similar to the natural breakdown that occurs in the earth.

Step 4:

Finalize & Clean

The process takes approximately 5 hours to complete. A rinse cycle is performed and the machine is brought back to room temperature.

Step 5:

Prepare The Urn

The bone remains – the same as those from flame cremation – are collected and placed into an urn. The urn is returned to the family.

Why Choose Aquamation?

Simple & Gentle

Endswell offers one simple package, including eco-friendly water cremation, a process that is gentle and respectful, for our bodies and the planet.


Endswell’s aquamation package costs $3500 and includes transportation, paperwork, aquamation, and the return of remains in an eco-friendly urn.

No Cross-Contamination

Endswell ensures the purity and integrity of the final product by rinsing the aquamation machine and powering it off between cycles.

Environmentally Friendly

Aquamation uses a fraction of the energy as flame cremation and produces no greenhouse gas emissions.

Honoring Life

Endswell is committed to honoring the families and individuals it serves with dignity, respect, and remembrance.

Aquamation FAQs

What is Aquamation?

Aquamation, also referred to as water cremation, is a method of final disposition that uses an alkaline solution instead of fire to remove the soft tissue of the body. Proponents consider it as “green” as natural burial and as convenient and affordable as fire cremation.

This process, known as alkaline hydrolysis, speeds up the natural decomposition of the body.  After circulating the solution around the body, Endswell returns bone dust to the family in an urn. This process is the same as cremation, however, it uses a gentle flow of water and lye rather than high heat and fire.

Why should I choose aquamation?

Many people choose aquamation over cremation because they believe it is a gentler process. Some suggest that fire cremation seems like a violent way to dispose of the body. They associate fire with death and destruction, and they associate water with life, rebirth, and vitality. Nevertheless, both cremation and aquamation accomplish the same goal–reducing the body to bone remains by speeding up the decomposition process.

What are the benefits of aquamation?

With water cremation, it is much easier to prevent cross-contamination with the remains of other individuals. Unlike a cremation chamber, the aquamation machine is powered off and cleaned between each cycle. This ensures that the remains you receive will be 100% the remains of your loved one. Additionally, while a significant percentage of the bones is lost in the incineration process during cremation, aquamation produces approximately 20% more bone dust.

What are the environmental impacts of aquamation?

More and more people are drawn to aquamation because of its environmental benefits. Water cremation uses a fraction of the energy as flame cremation, and it does so without any greenhouse gas emissions. No mercury, chemotherapy chemicals, plastic implants, or toxic gases are released into the atmosphere. Rather, the effluent is cleaned and recycled at a local treatment plant to remove mercury and other harmful substances. This makes aquamation one of the most environmentally friendly choices for after-life care.

What does aquamation cost?

Endswell offers one simple aquamation service for $3,500 that includes local transportation, aquamation, death certificates, and the return of remains in an eco-friendly urn. There are no other hidden fees or costs. Contact Us for more information or call Endswell at 919.907.9777.

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