Pandit Roopnauth Sharma
is a Hindu priest at the Ram Mandir
-- a temple in Mississauga, Ontario. Fifteen years ago, his father died in Canada. Pandit Sharma knew his duty, to release his father's ashes into a lake or river. Today, this practice is legal in much of Canada, but back then, Pandit Sharma was not sure what was allowed. Nor was it clear to him where to find out.
This segment is part of Tapestry's Ashes show
, an episode that explores personal stories about ashes and the history of cremation.
*photo credit: Wojtek Arciszewski