What if our bodies could help grow new life after we die, instead of being embalmed and buried or turned to ash? Join Katrina Spade as she discusses "recomposition" -- a system that uses the natural decomposition process to turn our deceased into life-giving soil, honoring both the earth and the departed.


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  • Fatimah

    It gives a more positive meaning to death. It is interesting and more assuring that the end of life could be so much beneficial to life itself. Thanks a lot for sharing this.

  • Michael

    I've been dying to see this for a long time! Ecology is magic. My friends have one of those large tank composting toilet systems in which they have 'buried' a few beloved pets over the years. Maybe for my last walk I'll visit them. It fits right in with reincarnation. Thanks.

  • James

    Green, or natural, burial is readily available throughout the U.S. (www.greenburialcouncil.org). Many cemeteries designate a section for green burial, and some are exclusively dedicated to this type of interment. It is not necessary to compost a body before placing it in the ground as natural decomposition will take place on its own, as it does in nature.

  • Cathy

    Brilliant.. I now know what to put in my will.. thank you so much for sharing your brilliant idea!!Cathy

  • Lynn Kneedler

    The oportunty to look at death not as an end but as a beginning.

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    1000 times yes to giving back to the earth. I hope to be able to do this too. Thank you for sharing! 🍃

  • Aimee

    I'm inspired by the creativity and sensitivity that has been incorporated into this alternative. I love thinking that my final act on this planet could be one of giving back to mother earth.

  • Claudette

    I’m a gardener and know a lot about the magic of compost, it’s my go to recommendation for plant health. I always knew I wanted an alternative to the body I will leave behind. Kudos to the team developing and integrating the “magic” concept”. Brilliant! 🫶🏻✌️🌱

  • Andy

    Love the idea of merging back with nature!! And having a purpose in dying… a lemon tree 😁

  • Cheryl

    It is the answer I was hoping for - don’t like any of the current choices. Locked in a box or set on fire!! Both inhumane archaic processes.

  • katie

    This is happening already .... returnhome.com.

  • Leah

    I participated in a "green burial' many years ago, but was told it wasn't readily available for normal people. This lets me know that it's possible, and I can request it in my living will. I've never understood the necessity of embalming a body and burying it. I agree with Whitman, that I'd love to be transformed into soil.

  • Bill Mansperger

    This has always been my desire for when my body stops living. No fire or a hole in the ground in a box in a wired place. NO WAY!!

  • Swati

    Love this idea of death revolution and giving back to nature.It need of the era - to give back to the earth in every possible way.

  • Gayatri

    Truly ecological way of honouring human organism! In deep gratitude for this initiative! 👏🙌🏼🎶😍🌎

  • Fernand

    Is it possible to find the text of this very inspiring lecture somewhere? The purpose of this is to be able to translate this text into my mother tongue Dutch Thanks in advance

  • Kiki

    Thank you for honoring the ways of the ancestors, re-igniting spiritual ritual and bringing families to a new place of significance in honoring all life. *rai

  • Lainie

    It’s just what I’ve been wanting since I’ve been thinking about these issues. I have always felt that if my body could be dropped off at the top of a mountain without being eaten by animals and just fall apart and join the earth, that’s what I would choose. This is just that! I love it! Thank you for introducing me to this and putting it into play! You’re brilliant.

  • Roseanna

    The recycling is wonderful. Very creative! Sign me up!

  • Tony Banks

    As a lover of the planet and a long-time composter, THIS is how I want my body to end up!

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  • Mitzi Carol Sequoia

    What inspired you about this video? Our human form(s) aren't designed to be wasted on formaldehyde or other toxic preservatives as we arrived from a living being so it is the similarity of the human form returning to replenish the soil and re-birth another form of life!

  • Mitzi Carol Sequoia

    The speaker, Katrina Spade was dynamic, and I could tell that she believed in what she was saying and doing to help us/others transition as we should naturally after we die. I have always admired Native Americans for returning back to the soil or retreat into a cave to die as Spirit wanted them to. I hope I can get the address to the recompositing site in Vermont.

  • Nancy

    Yes Please, where do I sign up?

  • joscha

    Awesome. Composting is such a mighty tool, yet to be explored in all it's facettes.

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  • Learn more about Katrina Spade's efforts to revolutionize our death process and her new public benefit corporation Recompose.
  • Educate yourself about the current and possible future practices of more natural ways of caring for our physical bodies after death.
  • You don't have to wait to die to participate in Nature's natural "recomposition" magic. Take one thing usually tossed into the trash and discover a way to allow the natural process of decomposition to unfold.

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