For those who want to keep their actions on earth as ecologically friendly as possible, human composting is a great alternative to traditional burial or cremation. But will your loved ones understand your choice and agree with it? What should you do to ensure your wishes are followed and still show empathy for others? Here are four steps to take. 

1. Learn About the Process

First things first, be sure you fully understand the pros, cons, and processes of human composting. This is an unusual service, so don't shy away from the details. The more confident you are about your choices, the more easily you can talk about them and answer questions. Your own assurance will give others reassurance that you've made a thoughtful, informed decision. 

2. Explain Your Reasons

Don't surprise your family after your death with an unexpected announcement that you want to be turned into compost. Sit down with your closest circle of friends and family to explain to them what you've decided. They may have many questions, so take the time to answer as best you can. 

Anticipate some questions and concerns. For example, human composting may need weeks or months before the body is completely decomposed. If your family doesn't understand this, there could be a lot of confusion, anger, and extended grieving. Discuss it early to forestall this. 

3. Pre-Plan Funeral Arrangements

The best way to ensure that all your funeral and memorial plans are followed is to pre-plan (and possibly to pre-pay for) them. Work together with a qualified and experienced funeral home as well as any other outside services, such as a composting service. 

By putting your plans in writing and making your family aware of them, it's highly likely that they will be followed. They may even be enforceable in probate court if necessary. 

4. Have a Traditional Send-Off

If you opt for a very new, very alternative burial arrangement, consider having a more traditional funeral or memorial beforehand. 

Take your family into account when deciding on things like a religious service, a traditional funeral, a wake, and eulogies. If these traditions allow them to grieve according to their own personal feelings, they're less likely to focus on your less traditional elements. Decide where you can compromise. 

Where to Start

Ready to start planning your memorial or funeral and eventual composting? Begin by discussing it with a reputable funeral home in your area. With their support and knowledge, you'll make the best decision and ensure your wishes are followed—to the benefit of both your family and planet Earth. 

Contact a local funeral home to learn more.