What are the environmental benefits of aquamation? 

By not combusting the body, we’re not releasing all of these toxic gases and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The process only uses about one-tenth of the energy as flame cremation.

Flame cremation, of course, uses natural gas, a fossil fuel. We are using electricity, most of which is generated from a coal-fired power plant right now. However, once we have our solar array over our parking lot, we will be completely carbon-neutral. We’ll be able to offset the electricity usage from all of our aquamation. That is the goal for 2024.

Aquamation is part of the larger green burial movement, even though it doesn’t involve burial. We’re rethinking end-of-life care …. In terms of conservation cemeteries and aquamation, North Carolina is up there with California in terms of having all of these incredible options.