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Businessman transforms corpses into compost before sending them to loved ones

One crafty businessman in America is giving those grieving the loss of a loved one the ability to bury them in the own back garden, should they wish to.

Entrepreneur Micah Truman left his comfortable career in finance back in 2019 after discovering that it was legal to compost human bodies in Washington, sparking the idea of a huge business venture.

Shortly after walking away from his career, he launched Return Home, which hopes to open a facility in Seattle in just a matter of weeks.

Return Home allows people to turn their loved ones into compost after mixing their corpse with materials such as wood chips, water, heat, sawdust and alfalfa to rapidly increase the decomposition.

30 days after arrival at Return Home, the soft tissue of the corpse would have decomposed and then the teeth and bones are later grounded town to create a mixture before going through a process to remove things such as screws or silicone implants.

After going through the hefty process, the compost remains are delivered to the bereaved relatives 30 days later in a special urn.

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Micah believes that his business will see a sudden boom over the next coming years, having initially tested his idea on pigs.

He said: "When I saw this, I thought this is what is going to change the world.

"So now we can have a very human process that we have been doing for thousands of years.

"We stand next to our loved ones, say goodbye to them and cover them with organic material that we choose ourselves."

Truman added that the process is a way for relatives to "say goodbye to their loved one in a way that just feels good."

While families may be able to use the compost to plant things such as flowers or vegetables, Micah will be giving them the option to mix their favourite flower or food into their compost which is estimated to cost around £3500.

Micah however has also gone down the conventional send off route and plans to create a "farewell area" where loved ones can say goodbye, similar to a funeral service, should they wish to.

However, one worker from Weeks' Funeral Homes in Seattle has said that Terramation is a "hippyish" option but believes that farmers who want to "get back on their own land" will be part of the rising numbers turning towards the service.

Currently, it is expected that California, Colorado and Oregon will follow in the footsteps of Washington and legalise the Terramation as it spreads across the United States.

In the UK, natural or "green" funeral and burials are allowed which sees corpses buried in biodegradable coffins.

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