Welcome to Return Home
Gently transforming human remains into soil. The only facility that provides in-person laying in services and the ability to visit your loved one throughout the Terramation process.
About Return Home™
Life Grows On.
Our inclusive, ethical, and gentle Terramation (Human Composting) process transforms human remains to life-giving soil using only alfalfa, straw, and sawdust.
Why Return Home?
Return Home is more than just a funeral home, we are a movement. We are a community dedicated to showing love, kindness, and inclusiveness in everything we do, and with every family in our care. Return Home aims to revolutionize the world’s deathcare experience through transparent, ethical, and sustainable practices, allowing us to make our final act on earth one that gives back.
We pride ourselves on allowing in-person laying in services, the ability to visit your loved one throughout the process, and the option to be as involved as you wish. From the time of death, to when your loved-one is returned home, you are able to be alongside them.
We find that encouraging families to come to the Terramation center to visit their loved one and decorate their vessel helps us travel the journey of grief at our heart’s pace.
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.
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.
The Terramation™ Center
Return Home™ built and operates the world’s first large-scale Terramation™ (NOR or Human Composting) 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. We encourage you to visit your loved one’s vessel during the first 30-60 days of 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.
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.
Oxygen flows through the vessel which stimulates microbes in the body. These microbes rapidly transform the body into soil in just 30 days.
The soil is screened for inorganics and placed into a cube to rest and cool for the next 30 days.
Life Grows On
Beautiful life giving soil is ready to Return Home or to be scattered at 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.