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It´s your funeral - burial culture changes
The Local [Germany], by Philippa Wentzel

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Posted By:ketchuplover, 11/17/2012 9:50:29 PM

The van of bodies was ready to be driven from Berlin to a cut-rate crematorium in Saxony last month when it was stolen. Families waited for weeks to reclaim the bodies of their loved ones, which were eventually found in Poland. Their distress was a result of what macabre critics are starting to call ´corpse tourism´ - increasing numbers of bodies are being driven hundreds of miles to discount crematoria in distant parts of the country. (Snip) Something significant is happening with how the nation is treating its dead. But what does it mean? Does the demise of traditional funerals

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A fascinating thing of German culture has been the practice of "grave stacking." The way I understand it, graves are rented out for a certain number of years. Then up come the bones (if anything is left), and the tombstone is offered to the family. With an 80 y.o. German woman, I once visited an elaborately decorated cemetery. Disgusted at the competition, she said, "Das ist kein Friedhof; das ist ein Garten!" ("This is no cemetery; this is a garden!”) Yet, the idea of cremation and Germany has some horrible Nazi-era connotations.

Please note that headline did not need to be split. LCom Staff.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: privateer, 11/17/2012 11:13:17 PM     (No. 9021331)

Solve two problems at once: Hostess re-opens producing Soylent Green Twinkies, using Queen Moochelini´s own recipe.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: zeldafitzg, 11/17/2012 11:31:34 PM     (No. 9021351)

An option is to donate one´s body to science. A friend´s father wanted this, and this donation was carried out by the family. The body was transported from the place of death--in this case the home of the deceased---and handled with the utmost care and respect, said my friend.

I plan this for myself, and I have expressed this wish to my family. My husband is considering this also.

As we already have a family plot, my mother is rather aghast at this.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jorgecito, 11/18/2012 12:13:42 AM     (No. 9021389)

#2, do what you wish, but do not be so starry eyed. Grieving relatives of course are not going to see what goes on behind closed doors.

Stories abound of disrespectful treatment of donated bodies (as well as body parts retained by pathologists).

Occasionally a defense is put forth --e.g. the need for a sort of gallows humor on the part of medical students who are faced with a ghoulish task. One might decide to accept this as part of a "higher good."
On the other hand, one might not.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rather Read, 11/18/2012 5:30:19 AM     (No. 9021480)

My attitude toward my own burial is that of St. Monica: "Bury my body wherever you will; let not care of it cause you any concern. One thing only I ask you, that you remember me at the altar of the Lord wherever you may be."

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Reply 5 - Posted by: AltaD, 11/18/2012 8:47:23 AM     (No. 9021697)

There was something rather important missing from this article - religion. Could it be that attitudes towards burial have changed in Germany because Germans have lost their faith and funerals are no longer part of a church ceremony?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Fleetusa, 11/18/2012 9:21:56 AM     (No. 9021753)

Flying into LGA this a.m., I saw acres of valuable land covered with graves. Will this be reclaimed in less than 50 years?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TexaTucky, 11/18/2012 10:58:23 AM     (No. 9021929)

" . . . the alternative woodland burial organisation FriedWald, which scatters the ashes of the dead at the roots of a tree."

What a fitting end for Granny once she´s been roasted to a nice crisp: plant her in the Fried Forest.

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