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Vegas funeral home offers eco-friendly cremation

Posted at 4:24 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 11:58:06-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — They say the only things guaranteed in life are death and taxes. When it comes to death your choices are burial or cremation - but not anymore. Contact 13 looks at the safe and eco-friendly option now available in Las Vegas.

"It's a really wonderful alternative," said Laura Sussman, president of Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services.


It's the only place in the state currently licensed for what's called aquamation. It's a flameless cremation that uses water, instead of fire.

"It's eco-friendly. It has 1/10 the carbon footprint of flame cremation. There are no emissions into the air," Sussman said.

She also says 90% of the families she's meeting with are choosing this new process.


"I called as soon as I saw it. I saw it on Facebook. They had an ad," said Terrie Bergman.

She also said she liked the idea of an aqua-procedure when planning for her own passing.

"I grew up in Atlantic City. I swam before I walked... I was just always comfortable, peaceful, love water," Bergman said.

The 77-year old said she also likes that it's eco-friendly.


"I like that it wasn't acid. I like that it had something to do with helping the environment," Bergman said.

"With this process, everything is completely sanitary," Sussman said.

The process mixes water with a sodium and potassium hydroxide combination that breaks down the body.


The water is drained, then the bones are dried and processed into ashes.

"The family also gets 20% more of the cremated remains back than they would with flame cremation," Sussman said.

The bone mineral-calcium phosphate ashes are completely safe to handle and keep inside an urn.


In the end, Terrie says it was an easy choice.

"This is what I want to do. No hesitancy on my part. It felt right," Bergman said.

The aquamation process is about $300 more than a traditional cremation.

But another benefit is the body never leaves the funeral home. Instead of going to a crematorium, this clean version is all done at the funeral home.

Click here for more information about aquamation.