Maryland Residents Want to Create the Nation’s First Public Garden for Cremated Ashes

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Being laid to rest with other dearly departed in a public place isn’t a foreign concept in the U.S., but it’s usually associated with burying the bodies of people who pass on. A new move in one Maryland town is looking to create space for people who are cremated.

According to the Washington Post, residents in Takoma Park are looking to set up a “scatter garden” for the ashes of people who were cremated. The city-owned site could also contain a wall of names, and potentially a walk to provide a memorial. About 165 residents signed a petition encouraging the creation of the garden.

The idea is to give loved ones a specific place to visit when remembering a person, and allow people to “commingle in the soil of their burg,” as reporter Steve Hendrix put it. It’s part of a larger shift toward cremation. The WaPo reports that there is mostly a “don’t ask-don’t tell” policy about scattering ashes in public places.

“Without a doubt, many people have already consigned the ashes of loved ones to various places around Takoma Park, anonymously,” the advocates for the garden write on their website. “What we propose is to establish a special place just for this purpose.”

 



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