Urban Death Project: turning human bodies into compost

Everybody will one day die. But the way people say goodbye to the recently deceased body varies to the country and culture. In the U.S. there are two main options: traditional burial and cremation.

A Seattle architect hopes to change that.

Katrina Spade is the founder of the Urban Death Project in Seattle. Listen to her talk about the process and space for the project:

Watch the video with Katrina:

Seattle resident mixes love for death and dirt for afterlife wishes

Seattle resident, Grace Seidel, loves gardening and dirt. She recently decided she wants to participate in the Urban Death Project, which turns human remains into compost. October 21, 2014. Photo by Constanza Gallardo.
Seattle resident, Grace Seidel, loves gardening and dirt. She recently decided she wants to participate in the Urban Death Project, which turns human remains into compost. October 21, 2014. Photo by Constanza Gallardo.

 

Grace Seidel, 55, decided to have her body, after dying, to be part of the Urban Death Project in Seattle. Her remains would be be used as compost for an urban garden.

“I don’t need to know that im going to live forever,” said Seidel. “Is not necessary, and it’s perhaps a construct of our fear of death.”

 

Watch Seidel describe dirt: