The Afterlife of Pets and Resting Waters - Atlas Obscura

Seattle, Washington

The Afterlife of Pets and Resting Waters

Meet the founders of Washington State's first pet aquamation facility to learn about an alternative and earth-friendly form of disposition.

Resting Waters was established in 2016 with the goal of providing pet owners an alternative form of disposition of their cherished companion animals after death, through the careful application of alkaline hydrolysis, or aquamation. Using water flow, low temperature and minerals, aquamation provides a gentle, ecologically friendly process, more akin to the natural decomposition that occurs after burial than any other body disposition method, including cremation. After aquamation, the mineral ash of  bones remain, pathogen and disease free.

During our 1.5-hour tour, operators Joslin Roth and Darci Bressler will share the unique stories that led them to open Resting Waters. Event participants will tour the facility, observe the aquamation equipment, and learn about each scientific and respectful step involved in the process. A video presentation will illustrate how aquamation works from start to finish. Guests will also have an opportunity to experience a demonstration of pet memorial services provided by Resting Waters in its mourning space.

Additional Details

Meet at Resting Waters: 9205 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle, WA 98126.  The tour will run approximately 1.5 hours, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Street parking is available on the street outside Resting Waters; please read signs carefully and park at your own discretion.  We recommend that you plan for public transportation options to and from this event.


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