We are in the garden . . . literally!

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The Seattle Times reported that on May 21, 2019, “Gov. Jay Inslee signed SB 5001, ‘concerning human remains,’ making Washington the first state in the U.S. to legalize human composting.

“The law, which takes effect May 1, 2020, recognizes 'natural organic reduction' and alkaline hydrolysis (sometimes called 'liquid cremation') as acceptable means of disposition for human bodies.”

This will allow a new project called Recompose to commence in which human remains go in and compost comes out. It’s sort of like cremation, but slower. There are no ashes to store or be thrown to the four winds. Instead, the remains are mixed with other organic materials and spread in the garden.
Imagine. You visit a home to find that the owners are not in the garden, but within the garden.

It might sound weird, but seems to make sense. On the other hand, it seems to show a lack of respect for the deceased, but you can decide for yourself. Read more about it.

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