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by Anonymous | January 29, 2021




No, it is not a cartoon about an oceanic superhero.

No, it is not a water park.

No, is not even an exciting new spa treatment for healthier, younger skin.

Aquamation is a process of returning a deceased body (pet or human) to its natural elements which uses mostly water and some salts in a pressurized vessel.  At least as I understand it. I am hoping to learn more Thursday February 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the next Death Café. 

Jarrod Hammond will be our guest and conversation partner.  He was featured in the KC Star a few months ago as opening the first aquamation facility in Kansas City.  You can see his picture above standing next to his shiny, new aquamation machine. 
I reached out to him to invite him to zoom in and share something about the process, his business and his own story of why someone my kid’s age has been attracted to this unique business.

All are welcome to join us for a zoom only meeting. 

The Zoom link is:

The password is (the church phone number):  7415118

Jarrod told me that he watched this video which led him into the business.  It is a great, humorous comparison of tradition burials, creamation, aquamation and green burials:

The Death Café has been meeting for a while now.  We have some regulars but a several visitors.  The creepiness factor is very low even though the subject is always death.  We discuss whatever people bring up.  Sometimes it is paperwork needed.  Sometimes it is about death in our own lives and families.  Sometimes it is just laughing together and having snacks.  That is how this topic came up.  That is the “café” part of Death Café.  COVID has curtailed sharing snacks in person for now, but we still find lots to laugh about as we have grown very comfortable sharing with one another about the one thing we all have in common and rarely find others willing to talk about.  The miracles of modern medicine which are lengthening life really are miracles.  However, it also means that we each have a responsibility to make some decisions before our families are sitting in an ICU waiting room or a funeral home saying, “I wonder what she would have wanted.”