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Vatican announces new guidelines for cremation

WEEK IN RELIGION<br>The Roman Catholic church has allowed its followers to be cremated since 1963 under certain circumstances, but the Vatican recently …

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Why Did the Catholic Church Ban the Spreading of Ashes?

The Catholic Church shocked the billions of people in its flock by announcing that spreading the cremated remains of loved ones is not allowed, and …

Aquamation gains popularity as funeral home becomes 2nd in Quebec to dissolve the dead

Quebecers looking for a more eco-friendly alternative to cremation may find their match in aquamation, sometimes called bio-cremation.<p>Like cremation, …

Prince's Loved Ones Said Their Goodbyes at a "Private, Beautiful" Funeral

The musician's ashes will remain private.<p><i>The New York Times</i> reports that family and close friends attended Prince's funeral in Minnesota on Saturday. The music legend was found dead last Thursday in an elevator at Paisley Park, his Minneapolis compound.<p>Prince's publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, said …

Parliament passes long–awaited law for crematoriums - Cyprus Mail

YEARS after it was first tabled, a much-anticipated bill – particularly among the expat community in Cyprus – regulating cremations was passed by …

'Cremation pits' found at Vale of Glamorgan housing site

<b>Work on part of a Vale of Glamorgan housing development has been suspended after human 'cremation pits' were uncovered during surveys.</b><p>It is understood skeletal remains were found at the St Athan site.<p>Vale of Glamorgan council confirmed "a number of cremation plots" had been indentified at the …

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John Terry pays for young Chelsea fan's funeral

<b>Footballer John Terry has paid for the funeral of an eight-year-old Chelsea fan, who recently died from leukaemia.</b><p>The former England captain donated £1,600 to the family of Tommi Miller, who he met last year.<p>He told the Cambridge News he was "totally devastated" to hear he had died.<p>Tommi's mother …

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Ashes to ashes - How the Irish took to cremation

<b>In Ireland, a country with a history steeped in ties to the Catholic Church, we’ve generally become more accustomed to the dust to dust part of</b> …

More than half of Britons would choose cremation over burial

Research also revealed that football grounds, gardens and the sea are among most popular locations for ashes to be scattered<p>Do you want to have your ashes catapulted from a second world war plane, scattered around your favourite football ground or even fashioned into a dinky glass ornament?<p>Research …

Cremation Is Now Legal in Greece | GreekReporter.com

Cremation of the dead is now legal in Greece, despite strong opposition from the Orthodox Church. The law on cremation was officially published in …

Why Greeks are exhuming their parents

<b>Cemeteries in Greek cities are so overcrowded that bodies are often only kept in the ground for three years. Then families have to pay for exhumation - and for the bones to be kept in a building known as an ossuary. But many cannot afford to pay even for this limited degree of dignity in …

The burning question – how cremation became our last great act of self-determination

From 18th century religious battles over the revival of cremation to colouring tattoo ink with ashes, Thomas Laqueur on how attitudes to human remains have changed<p>Cremation of the dead was the norm in the first century AD and the exception by the fourth. No one has explained why, although everyone …

This startup founder got funded by sending personalized cremation urns to venture capitalists

When Medina applied to Y Combinator, one of the most prestigious startup accelerators in the world, he knew he had to stand out or be forgotten. So he did something brash.<p>"We sent them personalized cremation urns with the partners' names on them," he tells Business Insider. The urns also bore a …

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Too poor to die: how funeral poverty is surging in the UK | Dawn Foster

Funeral costs have risen 80% in a decade, leaving the poorest and most vulnerable unable to bury their dead<p>The manager of a north Liverpool credit union recently told me that the most shocking fallout of the recession and austerity was the sheer volume of people calling because they were unable to …

Internet appeal to pay for funeral of heroic Piper Alpha diver

<b>The family of a tragic hero who saved lives during the Piper Alpha disaster but died penniless have made a desperate plea for help paying for his</b> …

Cremation trends changing death rituals

A more mobile society with less of a connection to the land is contributing to the death of funeral traditions. As attitudes and lifestyles change, more people reject burial in a family plot and adopt new traditions, which increasingly involve cremation.<p>New trends in cremation and funerals</b> …

The world is running out of burial space

<b>There is a looming problem in many parts of the world over what to do with dead bodies, as pressure on burial space intensifies.</b><p>The industrial revolution, in the 18th and 19th Centuries, saw a mass migration from small villages and towns to cities.<p>Previously, most people had lived in rural …

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Scotland leads the way by scrapping cremation form fees

One immediate benefit is that families will no longer have to pay around £170 for the paperwork necessary for a cremation to proceed under the …