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States With the Most Disposition Options

States With the Most Disposition Options
In some states the legally approved disposition methods are pretty much limited to traditional burial and cremation. But in the states below, residents have more disposition options that are less conventional.

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What do you want to have happen to your remains after you die? The truth is it isn’t completely up to us as individuals. Every state has their own laws and rules that regulate what types of body disposition options are available. 


Washington has become well known in recent years as the state where residents have a lot of choice when it comes to funeral services. In 2019 Washington became the first state to allow human composting, also called natural organic reduction. The mode of disposition is exactly like it sounds. The body is put in a vessel with natural elements like straw and alfalfa. Over the course of several weeks the body breaks down and becomes soil that can be given to the family or donated. 

Washington was also among the first states that allow water cremation, also known as aquamation or alkaline hydrolysis. Currently, only 22 states have approved the practice. 

But there is one limitation in Washington. They don’t allow home burials on your own property. Even the human composting must happen at a specialized facility that’s overseen by a funeral home.


Right next door to Washington, Oregon also has disposition options beyond traditional burial and cremation. Like Washington, Oregon has approved human composting. All types of cremation can also be selected in Oregon, including water cremation. Unlike Washington, Oregon does allow home burials.


The third and final state to allow human composting is Colorado, which comes as a surprise to some. Colorado is the latest state to make natural organic reduction an option, but aquamation has also been allowed there for a while for eco-conscious residents that can’t get past the “ick factor” of composting.


Idaho made the list because of how remarkably easy it is to have a home burial in the state. The practice isn’t outlawed, which is the case in some other states. And there’s also a lot less oversight and requirements like in other states because you don’t even need to have a funeral director preside over the home burial. As long as home burial is allowed by the local zoning regulations you can do it on your own property.

Idaho has also legalized water cremation although there are currently no bills that attempt to make human composting a legal disposition option. 


Texas has no state regulations on home burials, and the state is pretty lenient about scattering cremains. There are relatively few state regulations. You can scatter cremains on any private property so long as you have the owner’s consent. You can also scatter cremations over public waterways and uninhabited public land. But there is one unique stipulation. The urn must be biodegradable, or you’ll have to remove the cremated remains before scattering. 

Fortunately, modern day technology and transit enables more people in states around the country to choose all the different cremation options. Are you a Texas resident that wants to know more about water cremation and eco-friendly flame-based cremation? Give the helpful team at Green Cremation Texas a call, text or email anytime of day to get answers to your questions.

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