Leave the earth, better

Return Home’s Terramation process ensures you continue making a difference by returning life-giving soil back to the earth.  We strive to offer a natural, respectful process with transparent pricing.  

Natural Organic Reduction or Terramation is a process that happens in the natural world all the time. Terramation just makes it happen faster. Here’s how it works:

The body is placed in a sealed, environmentally controlled vessel along with organic materials such as alfalfa, straw and sawdust.
Oxygen flows through the vessel which stimulates microbes in the body to become super-active. These microbes quickly transform the body into organic matter. This process is closely monitored and controlled.
After 30-days, the soil is removed from the vessel to cure, and in 60-days this fertile soil is ready to return to the earth.
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The soil is then delivered to the family. Any soil that the family does not wish to use will nurture land in need of revitalization.
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This process allows us to return the nutrients in our bodies back to the earth, giving each of us the opportunity to perpetuate the cycle of life.

Because Terramation produces approximately 1 cubic yard of soil, enough to fill the bed of a pick-up truck, it is up to each family to decide how much to take home. Whatever soil remains will be donated to environmental restoration projects.

Return Home’s $4,950 price includes:

Transportation of remains to Return Home’s Auburn Office.

*Transport distances more than 75 miles from the facility will be charged per loaded mile

Filing of a death certificate and other necessary paperwork

Transforming (Terramating) the body into soil

Return of excess soil to land in urgent need of restoration

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Please note that delivery of soil to the family is billed separately. Prices will vary depending on distance driven from our Auburn offices.

For a full list of services provided, please see our General Price List (GPL). This price list is required by the FTC’s Funeral rule, and is designed to protect consumers. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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Please note that both transport of the body to the Return Home facility, and delivery of soil to the family are billed separately. Prices will vary depending on distance driven from our Auburn offices.
For a full list of services provided, please see our General Price List (GPL). This price list is required by the FTC’s Funeral rule, and is designed to protect consumers. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.