The growing practice provides an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional interments.

Four years ago, my brother was shopping in a Best Buy on a Saturday afternoon with his 10-year-old daughter. Blu-Ray player in hand, they stopped to look at DVDs on the way out. Suddenly my brother staggered back and fell to the ground. “Daddy, are you all right?” his daughter asked. “No,” he said, and fell quiet. He had been hit by a stray bullet from a gang shooting outside the store’s front doors — and within a minute or so, he was dead.

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