Education Article — Precompose

How to Complete Your Disposition Authorization

Documenting and signing your legal wishes

The Disposition Authorization is a legal form that details what you want to happen to your body when you die. This document also allows you to designate a backup option should your first choice not be available at the time of your death, as well as your wishes for your soil.

The Disposition Authorization is a legal document. We suggest reading through the form, then taking your time to think about questions like what you wish to happen to your soil and which people in your life should receive some. You may want to discuss your options with a trusted friend or family member, and the people who would receive your soil. You can read more about your options for your soil and how to make that decision here. You can also change your mind at any time prior to your death by filling out a new Disposition Authorization form.

As you complete your authorization, be sure to save a copy with your important papers like your will. At the time of your death, Recompose staff will confirm the details on your Disposition Authorization with your agent before carrying out your wishes.

Making Changes

If you ever wish to change your Disposition Authorization, need a copy, or have questions about filling out this form, you can email us at or give us a call at (206) 800-8733.

Once you’ve completed your Disposition Authorization, your next step is to designate an agent. You can see a complete list of all documents to legally document your wishes for your future death care here. Thank you for taking the time to consider and document your wishes for your future death care.

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