Death is a part of life, dealing with it is inevitable.  Your loved ones will need to be taken care of when they pass away.  This morbid reality is tough to confront, so most don’t until the reality slaps them in the face.

As of right now, there’s only three different ways to legally deal with your body after you go into the big sleep.  You can go into a hole after embalming, get cremated, or be a donor for medical research and education.  It seems that the concept of being immortalized by burial has been losing favor over the decades, for various reasons.

Enter a new take on repurposing the body, once it has gone cold: The Urban Death Project, as reported by VICE.  Sounds kind of ominous for an organization, but founder Katrina Spade is all about addressing one of the biggest problems with traditional burials and body disposal: waste.  Granted, there’s probably going to be a large portion of the population for some time that will absolutely never entertain the idea of destroying their body one they die, it’s something humans have been doing since the Ancient Egyptians.

For those who are looking for more economical and positive ways to give back to this Earth as we depart, Spade’s Project turns the body into compost, to safely return our vessels to the Earth that gave birth to our miracle of life.  This solves the problem with the cost and the increasing problems finding places to bury our loved ones.  It also gives an alternative to the traditional “spreading of ashes” with a more logical way of laying the spirit to rest.

The idea behind the human composting concept is born out of practice of disposing of dead livestock, turning a negative into a positive.  Applying this concept to human bodies requires no extra work.

Right now, this practice is not legal in the U.S. or Canada.  A similar clashing of ideologies can be seen on the fronts of dignified deaths, or the ability to end your own life on your own terms.  Assisted suicide is banned, even when that means you must suffer a long, torturous death and become a living vegetable.  That’s for another discussion, but Kristina Spade has the support for her project.  She’s taking her fight state by state to garner public support and to challenge lawmakers and finally give the choice to those who want a better way to say goodbye to loved ones.