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DOWN TO EARTH My late husband was turned into soil at world's first 'human composting' f

•, Harry Pettit

But what if there was another way, one that was better for the environment and left our loved ones with a piece of us to take home?

That's where human composting comes in – a new trend in which bodies are turned into soil over the course of several weeks.

Washington-based Recompose was the first company in the world to offer the practice when it opened its doors in December 2020.

Now an American schoolteacher has shared why her late husband chose to hand his remains to the firm following his eight-year battle with cancer.

Speaking to The Sun, Jenifer Bliss explained that larger-than-life farmer Amigo Bob Cantisano had a special connection with the planet.

"When we picked up his compost, and I touched the soil that remained of him, a profound sense of peace came over me," Jenifer, 57, said.

"It had been three months since he died, I missed him very much, and touching the soil that had been his earthly body made me feel like everything was okay."

Pefect fit

Jenifer met her husband through his grandson, who she taught at a preschool in California. They were together for 15 years.

Bob was a pioneer in the field of organic farming, for which he'd been a staunch advocate since the 1970s.