Many people have common questions in regards to water cremation.
Take a look at our F.A.Q to get a better understanding.
My loved one wanted to be cremated. Is this still considered to be cremation?
Yes, this process also reduces the body to bone; however, water-based cremation utilizes earth metal salts derived from plant ashes, known as alkali, to organically emulate what Mother Nature does naturally in the soil. It is considered by many to be the most environmentally responsible option available.
Why will we feel better about water than fire?
Water cremation gives families an alternative that is impactful and significant as well as ecologically beneficial. Now, more than ever, families are acutely conscientious of the environmentally negligent output from crematoria emissions.
Families still have all the same traditional ceremony options, as well as scattering and memorialization choices previously unavailable with flame cremation. The biggest difference is the peace of mind in knowing that one’s final bodily act is not detrimental to their loved one’s eco-system.
What about memorial services such as a visitation or viewing?
Absolutely. In fact, our water cremation equipment was designed and engineered to be so aesthetically pleasing that our funeral home has re-introduced the committal ceremony as an option for families.
I understand that ashes from flame cremations are harmful to the environment. Is this true?
Unfortunately, yes. Both the ashes themselves and the process of burning natural gas at 1800°F results in harsh ashes that are non-biodegradable and toxic to the soil when scattered.
Can I still scatter, store or memorialize ashes from a water cremation?
Yes, all of the above. Water cremations result in natural bone ashes, which are returned to the family in the same manner as those resulting from flame. Since water is less destructive, typically 20% more ashes are returned to the family.
What do the ashes actually look like
Water cremation ashes are pure and bright white instead of the dull grey ashes typically associated with flame cremation.
What happens to medical implants in the process?
Titanium medical implants are recovered, intact and sterilized, for possible reuse meaning that pacemakers and any other medical devices or metals can be left in place, unlike in flame cremation where these metals are oxidized when subjected to 1800°F.
Qico in detail
Qico officially incorporated with the mission of providing an environmentally responsible, ecologically beneficial and economically viable water-based alternative to fire cremation.
Qico's Fire to Water™ method, the closest imitation of Mother Nature available, is a truly global-friendly clean and green option for families who value the significance of one's final bodily act.
Continuous increases in cremation rates along with a piquing interest in crematoria emissions standards suggest the need for a major shift in how the funeral services industry conducts its business. Toxins, dioxides, furans, particulates and greenhouse gases are known emissions released during each traditional fire cremation.
Increasingly, the mercury vapors generated from incinerations are being identified as a substantial pollutant dilemma associated with fire-based cremations.
The goal of Qico is to globally transition cremation technology from Fire to Water™ while promoting sustainability initiatives.
The water-based Qico process emits none of the aforementioned emissions and is substantially more energy efficient because it eliminates the dependency on natural gas, a non-replenishable fossil fuel.
We pride ourselves on being a clean biotechnology company that not only meets the consumer demands for sustainability and environmental responsibility but presents its customers with an instant P&L benefit after its first month in use.