Via the Athens News
AFTER YEARS of campaigning and lobbying, Antonis Alakiotis (photo) may soon get what he and so many others have long demanded: a place to dispose of their remains as they see fit.
“I expect Greece’s first crematorium, to be located in the Athens municipality of Zografou, to be finished in late 2011,” says Alakiotis, president of the Committee for the Right of Cremation in Greece.
The highly anticipated facility’s opening will signal the end of a challenging campaign that began in 1996, when close friend and artist Pavlos Moschidis asked him to administer his last wish – to be cremated.
Admitting that he knew little about cremation – or that it was then illegal in Greece – Alakiotis did not at the time realise what this seemingly simple request would eventually entail.
“When I learned from Pavlos why there were no cremations in Greece,” Alakiotis, a school-stationery wholesaler, recalls, “I promised him that there would be one by the time he died.”
It did not turn out that way.
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