When You Die: Burial, Cremation Or… Composting?

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When your body is thoroughly composted, your loved ones can pick up the soil. One wife decided to share her composted husband with their friends: “A lot of people got a little piece of him.” When you spread the compost on your vegetable garden, you can tell your dinner guests that the lettuce is literally courtesy of uncle Milt. ⁃ TN Editor

When we die, we’re faced with two routes through which we can depart the earthly realm: Burial or cremation.

But what if there was another way, one that was better for the environment and left our loved ones with a piece of us to take home?

That’s where human composting comes in – a new trend in which bodies are turned into soil over the course of several weeks.

Washington-based Recompose was the first company in the world to offer the practice when it opened its doors in December 2020.

Now an American schoolteacher has shared why her late husband chose to hand his remains to the firm following his eight-year battle with cancer.

Speaking to The Sun, Jenifer Bliss explained that larger-than-life farmer Amigo Bob Cantisano had a special connection with the planet.

“When we picked up his compost, and I touched the soil that remained of him, a profound sense of peace came over me,” Jenifer, 57, said.

“It had been three months since he died, I missed him very much, and touching the soil that had been his earthly body made me feel like everything was okay.”

Perfect fit

Jenifer met her husband through his grandson, who she taught at a preschool in California. They were together for 15 years.

Bob was a pioneer in the field of organic farming, for which he’d been a staunch advocate since the 1970s.

Near the end of his life, the pair discussed how he might like to be laid to rest and settled on composting.

It seemed the perfect fit after he’d spent years pushing compost as an eco-friendly alternative to chemical fertilisers.

“Bob was a fierce advocate for the Earth and wanted to leave the least impact when he passed,” Jenifer said.

“He was passionate about what he believed in and knew he would be leading the way for other people interested in human composting.”

Back to Earth

Jenifer contacted Recompose, which has a facility in Kent, Washington, where people’s remains are gently converted into soil.

The process, dubbed “recomposition”, is offered as an alternative to a traditional burial or cremation.

Once placed inside 10ft-long steel tubes and covered with wood chips, bodies can be decomposed and turned into a cubic yard of soil – equivalent to a few wheelbarrows’ worth – in as little as four weeks.

Remains are kept at up to 55C (131F) and regularly rotated during the process to ensure that everything, bones included, is broken down.

The resulting nutritious compost is then handed back to the family to do whatever they please with.

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Patrick Wood
Patrick Wood is a leading and critical expert on Sustainable Development, Green Economy, Agenda 21, 2030 Agenda and historic Technocracy. He is the author of Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation (2015) and co-author of Trilaterals Over Washington, Volumes I and II (1978-1980) with the late Antony C. Sutton.
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paul bryce

What’s green about this? If green means energy consumption then heating bodies up consumes energy not reduces it. We have composted bodies since the dawn of creation and didn’t use any energy. Unless sitting in a pile of your dead ones compost has some meaning then this is rather a “woke” method of burying someone. Surprised this is presented here as something positive.

Freeland_Dave

Some people are slow to pick up sarcasm. That’s why I use or ;>) after a post to convey to the slower minds that I am being sarcastic or funny. For me the whole idea for funerals is stupid. Have a party to celebrate the life that ended, don’t grieve for it. Funerals are for the living, not the dead. The dead don’t care, they’re dead.

paul bryce

Did you read my comments? By posting it here the way it was it presented it as positive. You could have been clearer about the stupidity of it.

paul bryce

Re-reading the “blue box comments” just reinforced my statement that it is presented in a positive light.

Paul

I myself have had to recognize that sarcasm can get away from me at times and hard for others to discern as such.
It does not become you to not accept criticism my friend.

Godot

I completely agree with your comment.

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Mary

Interesting choice. I signed up for composting (I think) burning?

J.

Soylent Green is people!

Laura McDonough

Green burials are when a biodegradable casket is used makes more sense than composting (which is rediculous) for some. Cemeteries for this type burial, don’t allow headstones or other decorations for deceased in these cemeteries, thye have been around for sometime. https://funerals.org/?consumers=green-burial We plan a traditional burial in a local city cemetery w/ granite monuments (parents incl).

Zsa

$7K seems pretty pricey for compost. But, oh! It’s reducing CO2 for propaganda purposes.

gregory alan johnson

That read like a different form of cannibalism.

Freeland_Dave

I don’t care. My son has been told to dispose of my body as follows. First don a fresh pair of mechanics gloves. Then lop off my finger tips, toes and break out all my teeth. Crush the teath in a vice and scater the dust to the wind. Put my toes and finger tips in an old blender and mix well. Pour the contents into the ocean. Next, slice and dice my body and place it into new clean heavy black plastic garbage bags and put the bags in the back of your pickup. Drive the pickup 150 miles… Read more »

Edward L

So a hippie couple from Washington state decided that composting is more greener than cremation. Lol !! You can’t make this stuff up… The woke, tree huggers and the let’s hold hands and sing Kumbaya crew are all the same in unicorn land. Now if I can just find my pixie dust to make them all disappear to another planet.