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Ceremonies

Now for a few rousing words that may change your life for the better

It is graduation time, both at universities and schools. This marks a moment of change that even students advancing from primary to secondary school can identify with. And the hallmark of graduation ceremonies is 'the speech'.

Sunday, 17 June, 2012, 12:00am

Graduation brings joy and worries

A smiling girl in a cap and gown was surrounded by 10 family members and friends. The group was taking graduation photos in front of the library at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou.

In May and June, thousands of university students in the city go through a key rite of passage - graduation.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Undertaker wannabes, stand up!

If you're dying to make a lasting impression in an industry that booms whether times are good or bad, you might consider the funeral business. Industry insiders have set up 7749 Company, the city's first for-profit venture to recruit people in their 20s and 30s into the funeral industry.

15 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Three coffins wrongly labelled, official admits

Grieving families of victims from the Manila tragedy received a fresh blow when it was found three of the coffins containing the bodies were wrongly labelled.

The errors were discovered when members of one of the families went to identify a body at Kwai Chung Public Mortuary and found that the body in the coffin was not their relative.

2 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Site makes offerings dead easy for living

The virtual world, having taken over the realm of the living, is now moving into the realm of the dead.

Instead of trekking twice a year to tend the graves of dead relatives, Hong Kong people can now make their offerings online - on a government website.

10 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Cab Chat

Father-of-two Choi Tsap-keung is amazed that a hospital could lose the body of a newborn baby

12 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Very special emotions

Jean-Claude Biver, Hublot chief executive

What was the first watch you owned? An Omega Constellation offered to me by my grandfather in 1958 - a watch that brings up very special emotions for me as it was given for my first communion, a traditional feast in the Catholic religion.

14 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Grave reservations

The Ching Ming festival, when people visit the graves of their relatives, was celebrated earlier this month and, for the first time in more than 50 years, it was accorded the status of a public holiday on the mainland. That should have been greeted with a resounding cheer, because people on the mainland get precious little paid time off.

16 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Dutiful son provides funeral entertainment fit for a father who loved strip joints

A loyal son in Taiwan went to great lengths to satisfy his late father's lifelong habit - frequenting strip clubs. The man, surnamed Choy, 62, hired a stripper to perform at his father's funeral in Taichung this week, reports United Daily News. 'Father, please enjoy this last dance. I know you will love it,' he reportedly said before introducing the lady standing by the casket.

8 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Call for funded group to help arrange funerals for poor singles

A government-funded welfare group should be set up to help arrange funerals and cremations for poor, single people, the Society for Community Organisation has urged.

The concern group said deaths of poor people without relatives had been mostly ignored and only sometimes did NGOs help.

15 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

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