Return Home’s human composting service gently transforms human remains into rich soil

6 Phases of human composting

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What Is Terramation Or Human Composting?

Terramation is also known as natural organic reduction or human composting, and transforms human remains into life-giving soil.

Phase 1 - Laying In

The body is layed in a vessel along with organic materials such as alfalfa, straw and sawdust. Families and loved ones are invited to add letters, flowers, and other organic materials.

Phase 2 - Terramation

Oxygen flows through the vessel which stimulates microbes in the body to become super-active. These microbes quickly transform the body into organic matter.

Phase 3 - Curing

The soil is removed from the vessel to rest. Within 60-days the fertile soil is ready to return to the earth.

Phase 4 - Life Grows On

The soil is then delivered to the family to to be used to plant a memorial garden, a grove of trees or donated to nurture land in need of revitalization.

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Commonly Asked Questions About Human Composting

Return Home can provide terramation human composting services to all 50 states. We can arrange this directly with you or the funeral home of your choice.

Our process completely transforms a body into fertile, usable soil within 60 days. This includes 30 days in a vessel, and an additional 30 days for the soil to rest.

The cost of Terramation is $4,950. The price includes: 

  • The terramation service
  • Assistance from our service team
  • Filing a death certificate and all necessary paperwork
  • Refrigerated storage of the body
  • Return of any excess soil to our green belt property

At Return Home, we allow you to plan ahead and make arrangements for your own death.

6 Phases of human composting

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6 Phases of human composting

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