Growing up in small-town Georgia, John B. Johnson had family friends who ran the funeral home down the street, so the particulars of a typical American funeral—the embalming, the heavy casket and remarks about how great the deceased’s hair looked—were all familiar to him.
When the time came, he assumed, his funeral would look much the same.
Cremation is forbidden in traditional Islam and Judaism but accepted by most other religions. It is also the fastest-growing way Americans choose to deal with their bodies after death. But does it hurt the environment?