ASHES TO ASHES, DUST TO COM­POST

ZOOMER Magazine - - MAIL -

It was a very in­ter­est­ing ar­ti­cle on burial rites and tra­di­tions (“Last Word/First Word,” May edition). But you missed one that has been go­ing around on­line.

This is surely an­other vi­able, en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly al­ter­na­tive op­tion. One is cre­mated, then the ashes are placed in an or­gan­i­cally earth-friendly “peat pot” type con­tainer. The spe­cially con­structed tubu­lar con­tainer is then buried in a shal­low round hole and cov­ered with earth. The re­sult is that even­tu­ally this or­gan­i­cally so­phis­ti­cated con­tainer will de­com­pose, and a tree will be­gin to grow. An­other op­tion to keep the earth green and the air full of oxy­gen. —Ca­role Ald­worth, Water­loo, Ont.

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