Common Misconceptions

Although there are many misconceptions about the Bio-Cremation process, the following are the two most common myths about this process:

Myth #1: Acid is used during the Bio Cremation process.

This is completely false. There is absolutely no acid used during this gentle, water-based process. With Bio Cremation, the only chemical mixed with the water is an alkaline called potassium hydroxide (KOH), which is a colorless solid, inorganic compound. KOH was the precursor to numerous health and beauty cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, and this substance is also used in blanching olives, soft soaps, cleaning supplies and other items you would commonly find in your home. In the Bio Cremation process, the reaction of KOH in water is exothermic, meaning it gives off significant heat which contributes to the hydrolyzing or breakdown of the human tissue in the sealed cremation chamber.

Myth #2: The Bio Cremation process “boils” the body.

This is also absolutely false. Bio Cremation creates a highly controlled and sophisticated environment that uniquely combines water, alkali, heat and pressure. This process biochemically hydrolyzes the human body, leaving only bone fragments. During a typical Bio Cremation cycle, the body is reduced, bone  fragments are rinsed and the remaining by-product is a sterile fluid.