Very interesting article in today's Philadelphia Inquirer Religion section
(but not on the Web version or I would include it) about a local Lutheran
church that has added what they call a "scattering garden" as a place for
folks to scatter the ashes of folks who have been cremated.
I had never heard of a "scattering garden" before, but the article says
they are very common in the South and West -- basically, you have a nice
garden area with both annuals and perennials to scatter the ashes and a
commemorative plaque area to list the folks who have been scattered.
Since our community garden is a mission of the church and we have the
space, I thought it might be nice to offer this service to church members.
Is anyone on the list familiar with "scattering gardens" (I'll be checking
with my state rep about regulations, but the Inquirer article didn't imply
this was a problem in PA) and do they have anything similar in their
Just thought it was interesting. . .If I get the time/funds, I *really*
want to add a labyrinth to our community garden as a prayer/meditation
device -- combining the two could get even more interesting!
Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden
A mission of
St. John's United Church of Christ, 315 Gay Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460
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