Human Composting for the LA Times

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Nina Schoen (center), her husband John Ellefson, and their daughter Madrona Ellefson, age 6, are photographed outside the family home in Seattle, WA on May 6, 2019. Schoen volunteers at Recompose and wants her body to be composted after she dies hoping her remains, “Turn into something that can regenerate life,” she says. Washington is expected to become the first state to legalize human composting, an environmentally friendly burial alternative that advocates say is not as icky as it sounds. Gov. Jay Inslee is likely to sign a bill authorizing the practice, given that reduced carbon emissions from cremation fit with his climate change platform as a presidential candidate. (photo by Karen Ducey)