the natural, gentle & eco-friendly alternative
to fire-based cremation
Flameless Cremation, scientifically known as Alkaline Hydrolysis, is a natural, gentle, and eco-friendly alternative to fire based cremation. The process uses WATER as opposed to fire. By using a combination of 95% water and 5% alkalinity, Flameless Cremation mimics the same natural break down of a body if it were to be laid to rest directly in the soil, only accelerated.
During the Flameless Cremation process, a body is gently placed in a container which is then placed in a clean stainless steel vessel. A combination of warm water flow and alkalinity are used to accelerate the natural process of tissue hydrolysis and return the body back to nature.
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Our company is a provider of Flameless Cremation.
Hughes Funeral Alternatives, LLC is the only funeral home in St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Western Illinois, and surrounding areas specializing solely in
Flameless Cremation services.
We are committed to providing families with alternative choices when making funeral arrangements.
"What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us."
– Helen Keller
Because Flameless Cremation is not a combustion process, it is more environmentally friendly.
The total carbon footprint is 18 times less than fire-based cremation.
Compared to fire based cremation, Flameless Cremation reduces:
Carbon Dioxide emissions
A different choice when it comes to making final arrangements for your loved one.
Your loved one is not exposed to harsh heat or open flame.
20% more ash remains is returned in the urn. The remains are also 100% free of carbon discoloration.
Medical devices, such as pacemakers, do not have to be removed.
JONATHAN E. HUGHES
Owner, Missouri Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Crematory Operator
Jon was born and raised in Farmington, Missouri. He started working at a local funeral home when he was 15 years only and quickly developed a passion for the funeral business.
Owner & Office Manager
Erin was born and raised in Florissant, Missouri. She is a home health care RN at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Erin and Jon live in South City St. Louis with their daughter, Maggie and dog, Copper.
Consultant, Ohio Licensed Funeral Director, and Embalmer
Jeff is is a pioneer in the funeral industry being the first Funeral Director in the United States to perform the disposition method of Alkaline Hydrolysis on a human being.