Frequently Asked Questions

It is our mission to make the death care process as straightforward as possible.

Can you be an organ donor and still choose human composting?

Yes, you can donate your organs and choose human composting.

Organs will be removed by medical professionals at the time of death. Recompose, or the local funeral home you’re working with in your state, will coordinate transportation back to the funeral home with the organ donation company or medical facility.

Organ donation is different from donating a body to medical science, where the body is embalmed and therefore cannot undergo human composting. Organ donation can only occur if you die in a hospital because they need specific equipment to keep the organs viable until the donation company arrives. Organ donation companies do not embalm bodies, and the organ donation process is typically completed within a couple of days.

Willed body programs, also called full body donation, embalm bodies and typically keep them for 1-2 years in universities and other medical institutions where medical professionals and students study them. Embalmed bodies cannot undergo human composting.

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About Recompose

Recompose is a licensed, full-service, green funeral home in Seattle offering human composting. As the first human composting company in the world, we are a trusted leader in ecological death care. We are Seattle’s only human composting provider and serve clients across the U.S.

Recompose Seattle
4 S. Idaho St, Seattle, WA 98134
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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.