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  1. Cardboard coffins a hard sell where tradition dies hard

    Posted Dec 20th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang They can be cheaper than the wooden variety, burn more quickly thus causing less pollution, and are slowly gaining acceptance. But funeral operators say there is still a long way to go before so-called eco-coffins made from recycled cardboard ...

  2. No room left for our dead

    Posted Sep 21st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... years there will be an annual average of 52,600 deaths, among which 49,200 will be cremations. Eight public columbariums now provide about 167,000 niches, which have all been allotted. One ...

  3. Eco-friendly way to get to afterlife

    Posted May 14th 2010, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... Anita Lam Freeze-drying your loved one's remains and then breaking the body into dust may sound like something from a horror movie, but it not only allows them to return to nature in the cleanest possible way, it may also offer a solution to the city ...

  4. City Chat

    Posted Sep 21st 2009, 12:00am by Adrian Wan

    ... Adrian Wan More than 50 protesters took to the streets early this month after a Taoist temple in Tuen Mun, Ching Chung Sian Yuan, abruptly switched the allocation of 750 funeral urn niches from a first-come-first-served basis to a ballot. The protesters c ...

  5. Operation of mortuaries needs to be reviewed

    Posted Jan 07th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Losing a child at birth is a profoundly tragic and traumatic experience. One couple in this unhappy situation has now been made to suffer a second time, because a public hospital has accidentally lost the body of their newborn baby. This is inexcusable. P ...

  6. kevin sinclair's hong kong

    Posted Mar 14th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kevin Sinclair Dying is an expensive business. Those in the funeral industry don't seem all that keen to bring down prices. Combine that with deeply held belief, ingrained customs and superstition, and the cost of giving a basic final farewell to a l ...

  7. Seeking alternatives to niches and burial plots

    Posted May 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Hazel Knowles Transforming cremated remains into remembrance diamonds is just one of the options available to tackle the shortage of burial plots and niches in Hong Kong columbaria. The government is promoting sea burials and offers a free boat service fo ...

  8. Tracing roots

    Posted Jan 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... resurrection myths. Pine trees and conifers are popular in Chinese cemeteries, as they symbolise endurance and winter- common symbolic metaphors for old age and death. Like frangipani, these species ...

  9. Should the government build columbaria in all 18 districts?

    Posted Nov 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Hugo Lai Chung-yan, Yuen Hui-ling Hugo Lai Chung-yan, Stewards Pooi Kei College We are running out of places to store the ashes of the dead. So what should we do? The government has proposed building columbaria in all 18 districts across the territory. Th ...

  10. 52 columbarium operators stand accused of violations

    Posted Dec 17th 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Ng, Martin Wong

    ... Cheung Chi-fai, Martin Wong and Joyce Ng Fifty-two private columbarium operators- including the well-known Po Lin and Ten Thousand Buddhas monasteries- were yesterday accused by the government of violating planning rules and land leases. A total of 31 ope ...




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