The only thing necessary for the persistence of evil is for enough good people to do nothing

First Greek Crematorium

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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  1. twocentsworth
    December 8, 2010    

    erm …

    “The Orthodox Church opposes cremation on theological grounds, seeing the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. It considers cremation to be the deliberate desecration and destruction of what God has made and ordained for us.”

    but …

    “The acute shortage of burial space and the unavailability of cremation mean that most corpses are exhumed after three years to make way for new bodies […]
    In cases where the corpse has not decomposed fully, municipal workers remove it for reburial in a designated space elsewhere in the cemetery for six to 12 months, when it is exhumed again.
    Where the body has decomposed, the workers remove the remains and take them for cleaning.
    As one witness to the gruesome spectacle told the Los Angeles Times back in 1999, a cemetery worker wearing a surgical mask dug up a grave and, finding the body not fully decomposed, stood on it and pried it from its coffin.
    In general, exhumed bones are placed in a metal box and stored along with thousands of others in a charnel house, located within the cemetery. When the family stops paying the annual rental for storage – which can range from 30 to 50 euros a year – the municipality disposes of the bones in large pits, where the bones are dissolved with chemicals.”

    i know which option this ‘temple’ would prefer … :s

  2. deviousdiva
    December 8, 2010    

    I agree with you, twocentsworth. How terrible for the family and friends of a deceased person to know, and in some cases, witness things like that.

    I have no religious affiliations but I certainly respect anyones wish to be buried. I am glad now that others, like me, who wish to be cremated will be granted that same respect.