Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel & Crematorium

Dissolution by Alkaline Hydrolysis

Your alternative to cremation or traditional burial

With the growing concern with global warming and the interest in reducing the impact of carbon (CO2, greenhouse gas) emissions on the environment. Smith Lund Mills Funeral Chapel & Crematorium is proud to announce that we are the first authorized provider of Dissolution by Alkaline Hydrolysis in Eugene, Springfield and surround areas. We provide this service in conjunction with our partner, Clear Water Oregon's Alternative Disposition™. What Clear Water provides is an energy efficient, flameless alternative to traditional cremation. This process gives you another option for disposition that is a more environmentally friendly than flame based cremation. The scientific name for this process is Alkaline Hydrolysis, which utilizes water, temperature, and alkalinity (sodium and potassium hydroxide) to accelerate the body's natural processes of tissue hydrolysis. In this process all organic substances are consumed or driven off, except bone fragments (calcium compounds). Completing the circle of life and returning the remains back to the earth.

This is considered to be an environmentally friendly choice because fossil fuel (natural gas) is not directly used in the disposition process, this leads to a dramatic reduction in direct (CO2) emissions and mercury from being released into the atmosphere. Alkaline Hydrolysis requires only a fraction of the energy usage compared to traditional flame cremation and about as much water as one person would normally use daily to complete the entire process.

Alkaline hydroplysis versus cremated remainsThe Remains from Alkaline Hydrolysis look similar to cremated remains and at the completion of the process are returned to the family in an urn.

At this point the remains are ready for permanent memorized such as placement in a columbarium niche wall or perhaps urn burial in a cemetery. The remains are also suitable for scattering.

Please call us for more details about our Eco-friendly alternative to cremation 541-942-0185.

You can also make online arrangements using Dissolution in-lieu of cremation on our website. To begin the online process you will first need to select a cremation package, then before checkout you will be given an opportunity to upgrade that package to Dissolution by Alkaline Hydrolysis. Start an online arrangement now.

Alkaline Hydrolysis
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