The Spirit Vessel Professionals Perspectives in Deathcare series aims to help bring awareness, acceptance, and normalization to death and the grieving process. Throughout this series, we interview professionals of all types in the deathcare and emotional wellness space including hospice nurses, grief counselors and coaches, death doulas, funeral directors, life insurance agents, celebrants, alternative disposition advocates, and social workers just to name a few.
In this interview we speak with Morgan Yarbrough, the Services Manager at Recompose Seattle, a full service funeral home specializing in human composting.
Morgan Yarborough has been Recompose Seattle’s Services Manager since 2020. Morgan works to help develop ceremonial offerings at Recompose and leads a team of incredible death care professionals.
She has been exploring death care since 2016 and holds multiple funeral director/embalmer licenses. Her goal is to support people in choosing meaningful, empowering options when it comes to death care, and believes that compassion, education, and understanding are paramount in accomplishing this goal.
Prior to joining Recompose, Morgan led community events focused on death education and what it means to be mortal through her Oregon-based group, Our Own Hands.
In this conversation we discuss:
- How Morgan’s interest in death and how it affects people began.
- Her career in physics and tech before making a career jump by applying to work at a funeral home.
- How she became interested in green burial, and educated clients about their rights and options.
- What made her interested in working for Recompose and how she incorporates ceremony and ritual in their offerings.
- The proprietary human composting system that they use at Recompose.
- Morgan’s role at Recompose, what her day-to-day looks like, and plans for the future.
- Why she feels ceremony is so important in death work.
- People’s response to seeing their person decomposed for the first time.
- What she is most excited for moving forward!
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