About Return Home

Return Home is a Seattle-based green funeral home that serves all 50 states.

We specialize in human composting and make earth-friendly end-of-life Terramation services available across the nation.

We are a mission-driven company with an absolute commitment to sustainability, respect, simplicity, and affordability. Return Home exists to serve those who care about the future of our planet and seek a natural ending for themselves—a return to the earth from which they came.

Return Home Team


Micah Truman

Founder and CEO

Micah’s long-standing passion for the environment is the foundation of Return Home. Driven to create a company expressly designed to ensure a sustainable future, Micah developed Return Home’s proprietary terramation process to ensure that environmentally friendly end-of-life options as finally available to the general public. 

A Seattle-native and experienced international entrepreneur, Micah spent years living in Asia running several online technology companies before founding Asia-Wise, an international real estate investment company.  Micah is a graduate of Oberlin College, and has been featured in The New York Times, Inc. Magazine and on National Public Radio. 

“Return Home exists to serve,” said Micah. “I believe people want to make proactive end-of-life decisions that help the environment. Terramation is a powerful choice that ensures the last thing we do on earth is to give back.”

Steve Calson

Steve Calson

Operations Director

Steve maintains the operational integrity of Return Home’s Terramation systems. A specialist at managing complex systems in highly demanding environments, Steve holds a degree in chemistry from the University of Oregon, and has extensive background in engineering including design, manufacturing and quality control across multiple industries. 

“I want to leave a healthy planet for my grandkids and their children to live,” says Steve. “Return Home’s Terramation system reduces our environmental impact on the planet and I enjoy being part of something that helps our world.”

Brie Smith

Brie Smith

Services Director

Brie is responsible for all at-need death care including services, arrangements, ceremonies, and ensuring families wishes are fulfilled with dignity and respect. She also leads Return Home’s educational outreach efforts with the funeral industry.

Brie is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Washington state, and has served two terms as the President of the Puget Sound Funeral Directors Association where she remains actively involved. She has worked in the funeral industry since 2011, graduating with honors from MCC’s Mortuary Science Program in 2014.  

“People deserve a natural end-of-life choice,” says Brie.  “After witnessing the gentle transformation of Terramation, I knew I wanted to educate others about this new alternative that will bring so many people peace and comfort.”

Chris Stone

Chris Stone

Operations Coordinator

A key member of Return Home’s operations team. Chris helps manage the Terramation process and coordinate supplies and equipment.

Prior to Return Home, Chris spent three years at one of Washington state’s leading funeral service companies working directly with funeral homes, hospitals and medical directors, as well as in cremation services.

“Before transitioning to the funeral industry my background was in customer service,” says Chris.  “I can’t think of a better use for my skills than serving families during what is a very difficult time for them.”

Katey Houston

Katey Houston

Service Manager

Katey is responsible for meeting with at-need families to ensure that their experience with the terramation process is suited to their specific needs. She also is responsible for the physical care of our decedents and ensuring their terramation journey is completed with love and care.

Katey is a Certified Celebrant, licensed funeral director and embalmer in Washington state and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington State Funeral Directors Association. Katey graduated from Lake Washington Institute of technology and previously practiced funeral service in her home country of England.

“I am passionate about equal and easy access for everyone in every walk of life to quality, approachable death care, and death education. Knowing you can make your final act on earth one that heals is empowering!”

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