ASHES TO ASHES, DUST TO COMPOST
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.