|Julie Green carving the cross|
The cross that will stand in the scatter garden is beautiful. Julie, a parishioner, is a true artist, and her carving is a work of art. And what a fine idea to have the scatter garden at St John's.St. John’s Episcopal Church on Jackson Street is putting the finishing touches on a scatter garden, which will eventually be home to countless cremated ashes.“We want it to be a place where you can come visit your ancestors who are there,” said the Rev. Ron Clingenpeel, priest in charge for St. John’s, which dates back to 1843. “It is a place where one can encounter God, holiness and a real sense of peace in their lives, knowing this is where their loved ones are.”The scatter garden will be a space where families can spread the ashes of their loved ones and go to remember them in the following years, Clingenpeel said.
|Enclosure walls of the future scatter garden|
The grounds of the scatter garden are unfinished. All that's complete are the brick wall segments that will define the garden area.
My family knows of my wish to be cremated...not yet, of course,...but I had not decided where I wanted my ashes scattered. I knew I did not want them placed in a container on the mantlepiece, and with the advent of the scatter garden, my decision was easy.
UPDATE: The intention is to scatter the ashes, but if family and friends of the deceased would prefer burial of the ashes in a biodegradable container, then that will be an alternative. Of course, the garden will be made beautiful with landscaping.