Death Care

Recompose is open to provide at‑need death care with limited capacity. Please call (206) 800‑8733.  

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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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At the Time of Death

After a death has occurred, it is okay to take a minute to spend time with your person’s body. When you are ready, our staff will help you understand your options and, at your convenience, take your person’s body into our care.

You can read complete details of the process in this article: What To Do When Your Person Dies. Recompose encourages participatory death care and is happy to help support home funerals.

What We Offer

The Recompose service price is $5,500. This includes the transformation of your person’s body into soil, the option to participate in a streamed laying-in facilitated by our staff, the filing of the death certificate, and full support throughout the death care journey.

Please see the Pricing section below for full details.

Pricing

Recompose strives to be straightforward and transparent about our pricing. It is our goal that you will never receive a bill you were not expecting or do not understand.

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Our Price

The Recompose service is $5,500. This includes:

  • The transformation into soil via natural organic reduction
  • Hands-on, personalized help from our services team
  • Transport of the body to our location from within King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Other counties are available for an additional fee. Our current transport fees are listed in our General Price List.
  • The laying-in, our practice of placing a body into a vessel, which friends and family are welcome to join via streaming video
  • The option to:
    • Donate the soil created to the Bells Mountain conservation forest (with one 64-ounce container of soil mailed to the person of your choice)
    • Pick up soil at our Kent location
    • or a combination of the two
  • The filing of the death certificate
  • An obituary posted on our website

More Details

The Greenhouse

Recompose’s first facility, the Greenhouse, is located south of Seattle. This licensed facility is where the transformation into soil takes place. While we can’t offer tours at this time, we’re proud to share photos and information about the space here.

At the Greenhouse, each body’s transformation from human to soil happens inside of a Recompose vessel. This takes 30 days. The facility houses 10 Recompose vessels, which are constantly monitored. After 30 days, our staff moves the soil into a finishing container, where it cures for 2-4 weeks.

The Laying-In

Recompose calls the practice of placing a body into a vessel the “laying‑in.” We invite the friends and family of each person who has died to be present at this event, if they choose – virtually at this time, and eventually in person once gatherings are safe. For families who choose to join, our staff facilitate the streaming video the laying-in via Zoom.

Laying-In ceremonies may be scheduled to begin at any time between 10am and 1pm PT on Wednesdays or Fridays and may last for up to one hour. You can read full details in this article.

Obituary 

We also offer the opportunity for a personal tribute to be featured on our website. Our staff can guide you in writing a tribute to your person, including photos and a link to donate to the charity or aid cause of their choice.

Transport

Recompose can provide transport to our location from anywhere within Washington State. Transport from within King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties is included in our $5,500 price at no additional charge, and transport from other counties is priced based on proximity to our location. Our current transport pricing is listed by county in our General Price List (GPL) including:

  • Skagit County: $100
  • Spokane County: $500
  • Clark County: $400
  • Thurston County: $100

We can also accept bodies from outside of Washington State. In this case you will need to arrange for transport separately, most likely by working with a funeral home in your area. Our staff is happy to facilitate this process. You can see learn more about transport options in this article.

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

FEMA provides financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) up to $9,000 per funeral. You can read full information here on FEMA’s website. You may be eligible for these benefits if you are a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who paid for funeral expenses after January 20, 2020, and the funeral expenses you paid were for an individual whose death in the United States may have been caused by or was likely the result of COVID-19.

Recompose is a licensed funeral home and our services qualify for FEMA benefits. Our services team can assist you in compiling the information you will need to apply.

 

Obituaries

Read below to learn about some of the people Recompose is honored to have transformed into soil.

FAQ

Learn more below about the Recompose approach and process.

General

Yes, Recompose is currently open to provide at-need death care with limited capacity. Please call (206) 800-8733 to learn more about our current availability.

Recompose’s current location, the Greenhouse, has the capacity to turn 10 bodies into soil per month. If a body comes to us when a vessel is not currently available, it will be kept in cooled storage until a vessel becomes available. Recompose staff will communicate clearly and directly about our timing and availability.

Please be aware that right now, due to the ongoing pandemic, funeral homes of all kinds are experiencing a very high volume of business. It is not uncommon for a body to be stored for days or weeks before it can be cremated or buried.

Precompose is designed primarily for planning in advance when a death is not expected for many years. If you expect the death to occur within the next month, the best thing to do is call our services manager Morgan Yarborough at (206) 800-8733. She can give you full context on our current timeline, and also share paperwork and payment information that is better tailored to your needs.

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 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 outside of Washington, you may choose to work with a local funeral home to arrange for the transport of your body to Recompose. You can read more about transport options in this article.

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

If you choose to be an organ donor, your organs will be removed by medical staff either at the healthcare facility where you die or at a transplant center. Recompose will then pick up your body from that location.

Recompose’s process requires bodies to be unembalmed. Most bodies donated 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.

Pricing

The price does not include items such as flowers, newspaper obituaries, or additional transport for autopsies. You can see a full list of additional items we offer in our General Price List. The GPL is a document the Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Rule requires funeral homes to have available in the interest of protecting consumers.

Recompose staff can help you order certified copies of the death certificate via your county’s vital records office at no additional charge. Fees for death certificates vary by county. For example, as of January 2021 King County charges $25 each.

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.

Facility

Our location at the Greenhouse is not open to the public. You can learn more and see photos of the space in this article.

Recompose’s first location, the Greenhouse, is located in Kent, Washington. We don’t publicize the address because the facility is not open to the public. If you are a funeral home transferring to Recompose and need our address, please call (206) 800-8733 extension 1. Our mailing address is: PO Box 12121, Seattle, WA 98102.

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.