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Water Based Cremation

Animal Memorial Service (AMS) is proud to be the first pet cremation facility in Northern California to provide the revolutionary technology of Alkaline Hydrolysis, or Water Based Cremation.

Alkaline hydrolysis, also known as aquamation, is a water-based cremation process that uses water flow, temperature, and alkalinity. It is more like natural decomposition when compared to other methods.

Essentially, it accelerates the process that takes place in natural decomposition. Two of the primary ways a body decomposes when buried are interactions with alkali and moisture in the soil, and the way insects help to decompose a body.

Animal Memorial Services uses a patented machine that uses gentle water flow, low temperature, and a small amount of alkali. This gentle process takes about 20 hours to complete.