Plan Ahead

We are proud to offer a prepayment option, Precompose, for our death care services.

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Why Precompose

Choosing Precompose supports our continuing mission and fosters peace of mind for yourself and the people in your life.

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Invest in Climate Action

The environmental impacts of conventional burial and cremation are profound. In the United States, cemeteries take up 1 million acres of land, and caskets use 4 million acres of forest every year. The fossil fuel necessary for one year of cremations in North America could drive a car halfway to the sun.

Recompose offers you a tangible and personal action in the fight against climate change. Our process saves a metric ton of carbon dioxide per body when compared to conventional burial or cremation. That’s equivalent to the CO2 emissions of 1,102 pounds of coal, driving 2,481 miles, or over 40 cylinders of propane.

 

Leave with No Regrets

It is an understandable tendency to limit the amount of time you spend thinking about your death. But contrary to what mainstream culture tells us, devoting time to your death care choices can be an incredible gift to yourself and the people in your life. Thinking about your own death doesn’t make you morbid. In fact, it can be a source of joy, gratitude, and peace of mind.

 

Support Sustainable Death Care

Precompose powers our continued commitment to climate healing, environmental justice, and a radical new relationship with death. Your purchase of Precompose supports our operations and expansion.

Join our growing community of climate activists, nature lovers, gardeners, scientists, and more to send a message to the world that the time for green death care is now!

How it Works

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

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What is Included

The Precompose plan includes the transformation of your body into soil and the donation of the resultant soil to the Bells Mountain conservation forest. Family and friends can also opt to take home soil.

The price also includes transportation of the body from the place of death to the Recompose facility within King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, filing of the death certificate, and the opportunity for a virtual ceremony facilitated by our staff.

 

What You Pay

The price of the Recompose service is $5,500.

Purchasing Precompose now allows you to secure the lowest possible price for a Recompose service: Once you pay off your balance, the price of our service will never go up for you.

You can purchase a Precompose membership for your future self or for someone else with a one-time payment or in monthly installments. It is available at the following levels:

  • One-time payment of $5,500
  • $500 per month
  • $100 per month
  • $25 per month

Details of Your Purchase

  • As long as you complete payment of the full $5,500 amount before the time of death, the price for Recompose death care services will not increase for you. For full details, see the FAQs below.
  • You can purchase Precompose for yourself or another person. In order to join, you will need information for the person you are enrolling including name, address, and date of birth. You can pay with a check or a credit or debit card.
  • The money you pay into Precompose is refundable. If you decide you no longer want this option, Recompose will refund 90% of the money you have paid into your Precompose plan.
  • The $5,500 price includes transport of the body to the Recompose location south of Seattle from within King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Recompose also offers transport to our location from all counties within Washington State for an additional fee. Current transport prices are listed by county in our General Price List.
  • While the price for Recompose services will not increase for you as long as you pay off your Precompose balance before your death, the price for transport outside the included counties will increase over time to accommodate for increases in gas and labor costs. For this reason we do not allow prepayment for transport. If you live outside King, Pierce, or Snohomish counties, we recommend setting aside the current transport price plus an additional buffer for potential future increases. Recompose will bill your estate for the then-current transport price after your body has been transported to Recompose.
  • We welcome Precompose members from outside Washington State. However, if you live outside of Washington State, you will need to make arrangements either with a funeral home in your area or with your friends and family. You can read more about transport options in this article.

Purchase

Every Precompose member supports our mission of regenerative death care. Each payment toward your Precompose plan is a meaningful way to take sustained action for climate change now.

FAQ

If you want to dig deeper before you purchase Precompose, see below for more information on the service, our trust, and our policies.

General

Precompose is our prepaid death care plan. It allows individuals to pay in advance for Recompose’s end-of-life service.

Yes, you can purchase Precompose for another person. This is an important legal and personal decision, so we suggest talking about it with them first. You will also need personal information like their address and date of birth.

 

Under certain circumstances, Recompose may be legally required to notify the person that you have created a trust for them. This notification requirement will not apply for children under 18 or for adults with a legal guardian. If you have questions, please contact legal@recompose.life.

If you choose the $5,500 one-time payment, we welcome your payment by check. You will have a chance to select this option during the purchase process.

Please mail your check to:

Recompose, PBC

PO Box 12121

Seattle, WA 98102

At this time, no. We are working on being able to accept other payments and we should have a system built out for this function in the next six months. If you want to pay off the rest of your balance in a one-time payment, we can accommodate that request. You can also change your payment level (for example, from $25 to $100 per month) as often as every six months.

At any time you can request and receive back 90% of the money you’ve paid to Precompose. Washington State law requires Recompose to hold 90% of the money from the purchase of prepaid funeral services in a trust fund. The remaining 10% is kept by Recompose for our operating costs. The full 100% of your investment will be returned if you request to cancel your Precompose contract within 30 days of signing it or at any point prior to the opening of our Seattle area location.

When you sign up for Precompose, we guarantee the cost of your Recompose services at the time of your purchase as long as you pay off that price prior to your death. For example, the current price of the full Recompose service is $5,500. If you sign up now and pay $5,500 before your death, no additional balance will be due even if the price has gone up in the meantime. If you have not yet paid the full amount at the time of your death, the then-current cost (less the amount you have paid) will be due before Recompose can perform services. Full details are included in the Precompose agreement contract, which you will review during the purchase process.

The Recompose price includes transport from within King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. We also offer transport to our location from counties within Washington State for the fees listed on our current General Price List (GPL). Please note that the prices for transport from outside this range will increase over time to accommodate for increasing labor and gas prices.

We welcome Precompose members from outside of Washington State. However, there are a few additional logistics to keep in mind. As of now, the only Recompose location is south of Seattle – though your Precompose membership can also be transferred to future Recompose locations.

If you join Precompose and live outside of Washington State, you will need to arrange and pay for transport of your body to the Recompose location south of Seattle separately. You can work with a funeral home in your area to arrange for transport if you choose. The cost varies by funeral home and region; for example, transport from California to Recompose starts at about $3,000. For a lower cost option, you can also ask your friends and family to transport your body themselves. You can read full details on transport options in this article. 

If you are within Recompose’s transport range, there is no need to work with an additional funeral home. Recompose is itself a licensed funeral home and can provide everything you need for preplanning and at-need death care services.

If you are looking to arrange for transport to Recompose from outside our standard range, a funeral home can be a helpful partner. While most funeral homes are experienced with transport, the Recompose process is new for everyone including funeral homes and there will be a period of education that comes with it. You may want to start the conversation by saying something like, “I am looking to have my body transported to the Seattle area. I have chosen a funeral home called Recompose to handle my death care services. Can you help me make arrangements?” If the funeral home is confused, it can be helpful to suggest they think of Recompose like they would think of a cemetery or other location that is accepting a body after transport. The funeral home is also welcome to contact us any time.

You can read more about options for transport to Recompose in this article. If you join Precompose, our staff would be happy to work with you to ensure you have everything you need to plan safe transport to a Recompose facility.

Our team would be happy to speak with you. Call us at 206-800-TREE (8733) and our Customer and Communications Manager Anna will get back to you soon.

Please note Recompose is a very small team so it may take us a few days to return your call. Thank you so much!

If Recompose is not available at the time of your death, you or your designated agent will receive a 90% refund either at the time of death or at the time of Recompose’s closing. The remaining 10% is retained for operational cost.

Washington State law requires Recompose to hold 90% of the money from the purchase of Precompose in a trust account. This money will be invested in low-risk investments and cannot ever be used in Recompose’s operations. Members paying monthly will receive periodic updates on how much they have paid into the trust.

The trust account where we hold your money will earn “accruals,” meaning interest, dividends, and/or an increase in value of stock or bonds or other investments. Because Recompose intends to use low-risk investments on trust funds, we expect these accruals to be very modest.

You will be entitled to accruals on the trust if the balance exceeds the price of recomposition at the time the service is performed. If the $5,500 you have paid, plus the accruals, exceeds our then-current cost, your estate will be refunded any excess funds. Please note this instance is unlikely.

The Recompose trust, like any funerary trust in Washington, is heavily regulated, and Washington State will receive yearly reports on the holdings and any accruals. They will not receive reports on individual accounts, so your individual account remains private to you.

Soil

The Recompose process creates an entire cubic yard of soil amendment per person. This volume fills the bed of a pickup truck. So, we are thrilled to offer you the opportunity to donate some (or all) of the soil to conservation efforts.

In addition to the opportunity to donate, each Precompose purchase includes a 64-ounce container of soil in a specially-designed container, shipped to the person of your choice. We encourage people to use the soil to nourish trees or plants, and we will include some instructions with the container.

Each Precompose purchase also includes delivery to the Bells Mountain conservation forest if you choose to have some (or all) of the soil donated. This forest is a legally protected natural wilderness and will remain so in perpetuity. The land’s caretakers use the soil to support the continued revitalization of wetlands, riparian habitats, local plants, and vulnerable wildlife species.

Of course, if friends and family would like to arrange to pick up all of the soil, that’s possible too. They should contact Recompose and we can help with the logistics. Please note that the cost of soil transport will be the responsibility of your estate.

You can learn more about your soil options in this article.

Bells Mountain is a 700-acre conservation trust in southern Washington State. The land is a legally protected natural wilderness and will remain so in perpetuity. If you choose to donate some or all of your soil to this conservation project, Recompose will transport it to Bells Mountain, where it will be used to repair and nourish ecosystems that have been damaged over time. In contrast to other options that place inert cremated remains or markers on an individual tree, donating your soil to Bells Mountain gives you the opportunity to truly become part of the forest. You can read more about your soil options in this article.

It may be helpful to consider the practical reality of how a human body transforms into soil. By the end of the process, molecules have broken down, and the human no longer remains. The soil created gives the nutrients that were your body back to the earth. Logistically, once the soil has been donated by you or your agent, it will be commingled with the soil of others. This commingling marks the return from the individual to the whole, from the one to the many, from the trappings of the modern world to the timelessness of the natural world.

Soil that is donated to Bells Mountain works hard – this effort is not simply symbolic. Specific uses include cultivating seedlings, direct placement on individual trees, and broad distribution over meadows and forest areas. By donating your soil, you have the chance to be productive one last time, providing biomass and nutrients to a forest that truly needs them.

If knowing a specific location of your soil is important to you or the people in your life, you may consider scattering a small amount (for example, the 64-ounces in the specially-design container we provide) at a specific location of your choosing.

Recompose does not provide a grave marker for soil donated to its conservation efforts. When you donate your soil, it becomes part of the collective and is no longer tracked as individual soil. The stewards of Bells Mountain use donated soil as a support for the forest wherever it is needed and do not record individual soil locations.

If knowing a specific location of your soil is important to you or the people in your life, you may consider scattering a small amount (for example, the 64-ounces in the specially-design container we provide) at a place that is significant to you.

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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