Becoming compost

June 2019—What you want to do with your body after death is a very personal decision, influenced by culture, religion and your own ability to imagine yucky stuff. But Washington State has just created another option: composting.

It’s always struck me as odd that we, in the so-called Western ‘civilized’ world, want to lock up our atoms in a vault or indestructible casket for eternity. It’s like we’re thinking, “These are MY atoms.” But they’re not. They’re just the atoms you happened to have at the end of your life. Your body is constantly exchanging atoms with the rest of the world as you breathe, eat, replace minerals in your bones, etc. Some estimate that 98% of your atoms are replaced each year! Why not return your atoms to nature where they can recirculate?

Darcy Hitchcock