WHAT WE DO

The Urban Death Project is researching an innovative new system of death care that honors both our loved ones and the planet earth. This system - called Recomposition - transforms bodies into soil so that we can grow new life after we die.

 
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OUR TEAM

We are architects, scientists, engineers, legal strategists, and funeral directors. Together we are laying the foundation for an environmentally sustainable death care system. 

 
 
Katrina Spade Founder + Director

Katrina Spade

Founder + Director

 

Board of Directors

Brian Gix

Brian Gix

Devon Knowles

Devon Knowles

Erin Gainey

Erin Gainey

Kate Stephenson

Kate Stephenson

Nora Menkin

Nora Menkin

Troy Hottle

Troy Hottle

Technical Advisory Team

Angela Hennessy

Angela Hennessy

Alan Maskin

Alan Maskin

Caitlin Doughty

Caitlin Doughty

Richard Finch

Richard Finch

Cheryl Johnson

Cheryl Johnson

Tanya Marsh

Tanya Marsh

Lynne Carpenter-Boggs

Lynne Carpenter-Boggs

Max Page

Max Page

 

PROOF OF CONCEPT

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PILOT PROGRAM

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OUR Partners

OUR VISION

We are laying the groundwork so that someday, people will be able to choose recomposition instead of cremation or burial. Eventually, we hope there will be places in our cities where we can return our loved ones to the earth naturally.

You can help us build a future where every human death creates deep and lasting ecological wealth. To donate, click on the red DONATE button or send a U.S. check to: Urban Death Project P.O. Box 12121 Seattle, WA 98102.

The Urban Death Project is a 501(c)3, and all donations are 100% tax-deductible. Thank you!