Plan Ahead

We make planning ahead for human composting simple and straightforward with our prepaid funeral plan.

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Why Precompose

Our prepayment program, called Precompose, allows you to pay in advance and make arrangements for your future human composting with Recompose.
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Peace of Mind

Making arrangements for your death eases the burden on your friends and family and ensures your ecological end-of-life choices are fulfilled. By joining Precompose, your loved ones will have no questions about how to proceed at the time of your death and will receive personalized support throughout the death care journey.

Death and grief can make decision making challenging. Planning ahead allows you to lighten the emotional load on others after you’re gone.

Ease the Financial Burden

Precompose is a prepaid funeral trust. This means the money you pay into Precompose is set aside for when you need services in the future. Creating a funeral trust with a prepaid plan lightens or removes the financial burden on your loved ones at the time of your death and protects them from unexpected expenses or surprise charges.

Save Money

Purchasing Precompose in full now ensures you pay today’s price for your end-of-life services. If you prefer to pay through our monthly payment plan, you’ll be able to lock in the price as soon as the full balance of your Precompose trust is paid in full. As long as you make payments consistently until the time of your death, the price will not go up for you. Joining now gives you the opportunity to offset costs for your death while you are alive.

Support Life
After Your Death

Take a tangible and personal action to fight climate change and give back to the earth in your final act.
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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Human composting uses only ⅛ the energy of burial or cremation. By choosing Recompose, you will save one metric ton of carbon from entering the environment. That’s equivalent to the CO2 emissions of driving 2,481 miles or 1,102 pounds of coal.

Say No to Toxic Practices

Funeral practices like cremation and embalming have a profound impact on the environment. Each year, about 3 million people die in the U.S., and most are buried in a conventional cemetery or cremated. Cremation burns fossil fuels and emits carbon dioxide and particulates into the atmosphere. Conventional burial consumes valuable urban land, pollutes the soil, and contributes to climate change through resource-intensive manufacture and transport of caskets, headstones, and grave liners. Human composting allows you to choose an option that creates rather than consumes.

Heal the Climate

Soil plays a vital role in keeping our ecosystems healthy. It naturally removes carbon dioxide from the air and helps regulate climate change. It also filters water and provides nutrients and habitat to plants and animals. When you choose human composting, your body becomes one cubic yard of this important resource, giving back to the earth and nourishing the land that supports life.

Join the Green Funeral Revolution

We’ve been working to develop, hone, and legalize human composting since 2010. Recompose became the first full-service funeral home in the world to offer human composting in 2020. By 2022, over 100 Recompose customers prevented the emissions equivalent of over 11,000 gallons of gasoline, 232 barrels of oil, or 110,000 pounds of coal. As a Precompose member, you join a movement of people dedicated to giving back to the earth with their final act.

Precompose Update

We're currently upgrading our systems to better support our Precompose customers.

We appreciate your interest in joining Precompose and choosing a greener death care option. Precompose is temporarily closed to new members while we upgrade our systems. Sign up below to be notified when it reopens.

How it Works

From signing up for Precompose to ensuring your final wishes are fulfilled, we aim to make death care transparent and straightforward.
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Step 1: Sign up for free

Fill out our simple form online—no funeral home visit required.

Step 2: Choose the payment plan that's best for you

Select the payment plan works best for you. We offer the following payment levels:

  • $100 per month — 70 payments over 5 years, 10 months
  • $250 per month28 payments over 2 years, 4 months
  • $500 per month14 payments over 1 year, 2 months
  • $7,000 — one-time payment*

*We accept checks if you choose to pay the full balance at one time.

Step 3: Review and complete your paperwork

Just like with any legal document, we recommend taking time to read and review your Precompose contract. You may do this all online or print the contract and mail it back to us. Our team is available to assist if you have questions.

Step 4: Enjoy peace of mind

Welcome to the Recompose community. At the time of your death, our licensed funeral directors will carry out your wishes with reverence and respect.

 

Note: Precompose is temporarily closed to new members while we upgrade our systems. We appreciate your interest and encourage you to sign up below to be notified when it reopens.

Pricing

Precompose includes the transformation of your body into soil, the opportunity for your loved ones to keep or donate that soil, and full support throughout the death care journey.

PRECOMPOSE PRICE: $7,000

We offer several convenient payment options:

$100 per month — 70 payments over 5 years, 10 months
$250 per month28 payments over 2 years, 4 months
$500 per month14 payments over 1 year, 2 months
$7,000 — one-time payment

This price includes:

The Recompose process naturally transforms the body into soil. Once complete, this nutrient-rich material can be used to enrich garden beds, planted with a tree, divided across multiple locations, or donated to conservation efforts.

Our staff provides hands-on support throughout the death care journey. Our licensed funeral directors have decades of experience providing compassionate care and creating meaningful experiences.

Our Services team has experience supporting individuals and their loved ones across age groups, geographies, genders, belief systems, places of origin, family backgrounds, and more. We work closely with your loved ones to carry out your wishes.

Purchasing a Precompose membership means your family has a guide and an ally as they navigate a confusing and emotional time. At the time of death, they can simply call Recompose and our skilled team will handle transport, logistics, and making sure your death care occurs as you intended.

The $7,000 Precompose price does not include a funeral. In the future, Precompose members will be able to pay in advance for a virtual or in-person ceremony. Our staff can help plan and facilitate this event. Past events have included poetry, music, candle lighting, flowers, and more.

You may choose to have an obituary published on our website and include multiple pictures in a photo gallery. Obituaries can also include links to donate to causes you believe in.

The filing of the death certificate is included in the Precompose price.

Also included in your Precompose membership are the legal forms required to designate your funeral wishes. We provide templates for the following legal documents in Washington State:

  • Disposition Authorization
  • Designated Agent for Funeral Arrangements
  • Vital Statistic Forms
  • Transport Form

Precompose includes transport of the body from the place of death to our Seattle location from within King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Transport to future Recompose locations is included within 30 miles.

We offer transport from outside this range at an additional cost. See our transportation pricing list for current rates. Please note this transport cost cannot be paid in advance at this time.

We 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.

YOUR PRICE IS GUARANTEED

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. If you sign up now and pay your full balance or continue to make payments consistently before your death, no additional balance will be due at the time of death even if the price has since gone up.

100% REFUND AVAILABLE WITHIN 30 DAYS

If you change your mind, you may receive a 100% refund within the first 30 days of joining Precompose, no questions asked.

If you change your mind in the future, you can receive a 90% refund of the money you’ve paid into Precompose. If Recompose closes or isn’t available at the time of your death, you’ll receive 90% of your money back. The remaining 10% is kept by Recompose for our operating costs.

 

Note: Precompose is temporarily closed to new members while we upgrade our systems. We appreciate your interest and encourage you to sign up to be notified when it reopens.

FAQ

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

PLANNING

Yes, you can join Precompose for your future human composting from anywhere. As of now, 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 our article on How to Arrange for Transport to Recompose. You will also be able to transfer your Precompose membership to future Recompose locations.
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. 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 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 costs.
Yes, you can receive a 100% refund within the first 30 days of joining Precompose. After 90 days, you can receive a 90% refund of the money you’ve paid into Precompose at any time. The remaining 10% is kept by Recompose for our operating costs.
Yes, you can donate your organs and choose human composting. Donated organs will be removed by medical professionals at the time of death. Once removal is complete, Recompose can pick up the body from the medical facility.
In most instances, body donation and human composting are not compatible. Bodies donated to medical schools and research projects are usually embalmed to extend the time during which they can be used. Bodies that are embalmed cannot undergo human composting.
While the price for Recompose services will not increase for you as long as you pay consistently towards your balance, the price for transport outside the included counties will increase over time. This is to accommodate 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. You can see the current transport pricing in our General Price List.
If you expect a death soon, please call us at (206) 800-8733. Precompose is designed primarily for planning in advance when a death is not expected for many years.
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 amount 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.
Precompose is temporarily closed to new members while we upgrade our systems. We appreciate your interest and encourage you to sign up to be notified when it reopens.

PRICING

At this time, no. We will offer the opportunity to pay in advance for a laying-in ceremony and other incidentals soon.
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. If you sign up now and pay your full balance or continue to make payments consistently before your death, no additional balance will be due even if the price has since gone up. 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.
If you choose the $7,000 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, PO Box 12121, Seattle, WA 98102.
At this time, no. We are working on being able to accept additional payments soon. 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 as often as every six months.

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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.