Welcome to Return Home™

A green funeral home that gently transforms human remains into life-giving soil.

About Return Home™

Return Home™ is a full-service green funeral home offering a sustainable and ethical alternative to burial and cremation.

We gently transform human remains into life-giving soil using a process we call Terramation™, also known as human composting. This allows families to travel the journey of grief at their heart’s pace and empowers them to make meaningful end-of-life decisions that give back to our planet. Your loved one is wonderfully unique, and it’s our privilege to care for them.

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Our Services

Return Home™ Services

As a full-service green funeral home, Return Home offers immediate need and pre-need (pre-planning) services. We have the option to have an in-person or online laying-in service where friends and family can be part of the laying-in of their loved one. We serve families in all 50 U.S states and Canada.

The standard price of Terramation™ is $4,950 (Pre-Need payment plans available)

Immediate Need

If you need immediate assistance, please call us at (206) 888-HOME. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you.


Plan ahead with our Terramation™ pre-planning program. Click the button below to learn more about how pre-planning works.

What sets us apart

Truly Transparent Green Funeral Home

Unlike both traditional funeral homes and other human composting facilities, Return Home™ is committed to operating with full transparency. We believe that a deep understanding of our process instills confidence in us, which is why we offer in-person and virtual tours and no questions are off-limits. Families are always welcome to visit their loved one’s vessel throughout the process.

The Return Home™ process

How our process works.

Our Terramation™ process gently transforms the human body into life-giving soil using alfalfa, straw, sawdust and time. Learn about our process below.

Laying In

Our laying in service allows families to bid their loved ones farewell in person or virtually while also adorning them with items that show love and celebrate their memory.

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Oxygen flows through the vessel which stimulates microbes in the body. These microbes rapidly transform the body into soil in just 30 days.

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The soil is screened for inorganics and placed into a cube to rest and cool for the next 30 days.

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Life Grows On

Beautiful life giving soil is ready to Return Home or to be scattered at The Woodland.


The Terramation™ Center

Return Home™ built and operates the world’s first large-scale Terramation (NOR) center. With 74 custom designed vessels, our unique process uses considerably less energy than burial or cremation and allows for intimate personalization by each family.

Revitalizing local ecosystems.

The Woodland

Our 8 acre woodland area is a dedicated space for the scattering of Terramated™ remains to revitalize local flora and continue the cycle of life.

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