Death Care

Recompose is open to provide death care on case‑by‑case basis. If a death has occurred, please call Services Manager Morgan Yarborough at (541) 870‑8354 for more information.

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Choosing Recompose

We work directly with you and the people in your life to ensure respectful, empathetic service from the time of death through the body’s transformation into soil.

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Comprehensive Death Care

Our service includes the transformation of the body into soil, the opportunity to donate that soil to conservation efforts, and the conscientious handling of your legal and logistical needs at the time of death.

Plan Ahead

For longer-term end-of-life planning, consider joining Precompose, our prepayment option. Precompose allows you to pay in advance for our death care service either with a single payment or in monthly installments.

Pricing

Recompose strives to be straightforward and transparent about our pricing. If you have any questions about what is included in our price or anything else as you are considering our service, please contact us.

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Our Price

The Recompose service is $5,500.

What is Included

The Recompose price includes:

  • Transformation of the body into soil
  • The opportunity for a virtual ceremony facilitated by our staff
  • Transport of the body to our Seattle-area facility from within King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Transport from all Washington counties is also available for an additional fee (see details below)
  • Filing of the death certificate
  • Sheltering of the body, including cooled storage if necessary
  • The opportunity to pick up or donate your soil. If you choose donation, Recompose will send a specially-designed 64-ounce container of soil to the person of your choosing, then facilitate the donation and transport of the remaining soil to Bells Mountain conservation forest.

The price does not include items such as certified copies of the death certificate, newspaper obituaries, or additional transport for autopsies.

Additional Options

Recompose does offer a few optional services in addition to our $5,500 price. These options include:

  • Transport to the Recompose location from all counties within Washington State. Prices for each county are included in our  General Price List
  • Additional containers for the soil: $25 each for local pickup
  • Shipping for each additional soil container within the United States: $75

You can see a full list of our services in our General Price List (GPL). The GPL is a document required by the FTC’s Funeral Rule in the interest of protecting consumers. You can contact us any time with questions on this list or pricing overall.

FAQ

As we move towards opening in November 2020, we will continue to share information about the Recompose approach and process.

Yes, Recompose is open to provide death care on case-by-case basis. If you have a terminal diagnosis or a death has occurred, please call please call Services Manager Morgan Yarborough at (541) 870-8354 for more information.

The body’s transformation from human to soil happens inside of a Recompose vessel. This process takes 30 days. Then, our staff move the soil into a finishing container, where it cures for between 2-4 weeks. After that, it can be given to the people (or the forest) you choose when you fill out your Disposition Authorization.

Yes, Recompose is a licensed funeral home and will take care of all of your death care needs, from the transportation of the body from the place of death through the filing of a death certificate.

If you are from beyond the Seattle metro region, you may choose to work with a local funeral home to arrange for the transport of your body to Recompose.

Yes. Organ donation is well in keeping with Recompose’s mission of meaningful use, and it doesn’t hinder the natural organic reduction process.

Recompose’s process requires bodies to be unembalmed. Most bodies used for scientific research are embalmed to prolong the amount of time they can be used. As such, bodies that are donated are usually not eligible for natural organic reduction.

The costs of death care vary widely by region and provider. A direct cremation can cost $500, while a full funeral with a casket, vault, and cemetery plot can cost $50,000 and above. According to the National Funeral Directors Alliance, in 2019 the median cost of a funeral followed by cremation was $5,150 in the United States. For a viewing and ceremony followed by burial, the median cost was $9,135.

For more information on financial decisions around the end of life, People’s Memorial Association is a great resource.

Land Acknowledgement

Recompose acknowledges we make our lives and livelihoods on the lands of the Coast Salish People, specifically the Duwamish People. We honor with gratitude the Duwamish People past and present, the land itself, and the Duwamish Tribe.

Colonization is an active, persistent process. Indigenous communities continue to be resilient in protecting their ecological and cultural lifeways and deathways despite ongoing oppression. Recompose respects, shares, and supports this commitment to climate healing and environmental justice. Join Recompose in contributing to Real Rent Duwamish.

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