Nation: Mobility After Death

For a long time now in California, the land of Forest Lawn and Evelyn Waugh's The Loved One, the law has allowed relatives to do only two things with the ashes of their cremated dead. They may be left in a cemetery or they may be scattered to the winds—but then only if from an airplane flying at least 5,000 feet up and three miles out to sea. No doubling up to reduce charter fees, either: no more than one loved one may be strewn per flight. Keeping Uncle's ashes in an urn on the...

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