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Green Funeral Options

Flameless Cremation

At Hultgren Funeral Home, we have seen an increase in requests for Green funeral options. In addition to burial at Green Cemeteries, we are proud to now offer Flameless Cremation - a gentle and green choice that uses water instead of fire to return the body to nature.

This process uses 85% less energy than a traditional flame cremation, with no air pollutants or other harmful emissions released.

Below are some frequently asked questions:

- Is it safe for the environment?

Yes. The process is about 95% water and 5% alkali. The alkalis used are found in common cosmetic products, body washes, shaving creams, and many household products. The sterile process does not release harmful emissions or air pollutants, neutralizes embalming fluids and pathogens, thereby protecting the earth's water, soil and air from pollution.

- What about the funeral ceremony?

You may still have a traditional funeral with a wake and service at Hultgren Funeral Home. We offer families an environmentally friendly flameless cremation option along with a traditional wake and service. Certified Green embalming chemicals can be used for an open casket viewing prior to the cremation.

- How does it work?

To begin the process the body is gently placed within a sterile stainless steel vessel. A combination of gentle water flow, temperature, and alkalinity is used to accelerate the natural course of breakdown accomplished by our eco-system at the end of life. When the cycle is completed, the body has been returned to its natural form, dissolved in water. The only solid remains are the mineral ash of the bones.

- Will I receive my loved one's ashes?

Yes. Similar to flame cremation, the bone ash remains are returned to the family to keep in an urn, entombed, cemetery burial or scattered in a special place as some families choose to do.

- Why is it better?

When compared to flame cremation, flameless cremation uses less energy and releases no smoke, mercury emissions or particulate matter into the atmosphere.

- Who supports it?

This process is not new. Trusted institutions have chosen this process for bodies donated to medical science for many years. The well-known MAYO Clinic has used alkaline hydrolysis since 2006.

Contact us to find out more by phone (630-668-0027) or e-mail us.