A belated thank you for a father's sacrifice

What is The Little Red Guard about?

This story centres on my grandmother and her coffin. In fact, it is a story about my father, who spent the better part of his life trying to fulfil his mother's last wish of having a traditional burial.

Sunday, 6 May, 2012, 12:00am

Pioneer in hot market of refrigerated coffins

Qian Mingqi was one of the pioneers of the refrigerated coffin rental industry, his half-sister says. He started the business almost 20 years ago in Fuzhou, Jiangxi province, earning around 200,000 yuan (HK$240,300) a year.

11 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

Eco-coffin importer struggling to find a market in city

Eco-coffins have received a lukewarm response in the city, a cardboard coffin importer has said.

John Lam Chai-sang, the owner of Fortune Company (Funeral Supply), said he had started importing coffins made of recycled cardboard in late January.

But demand has failed to pick up.

18 Sep 2008 - 12:00am


Treasure life

Flipping through the newspapers, we see that people are trying to commit suicide for many crazy reasons - some think that no one loves them, then there are those who believe that their life is ruined, and so on. I wish people didn't think like this.

24 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Kidnapper shot 'dead' opens coffin just in time

A kidnapper who was shot twice by police at point-blank range and fell five storeys to the ground was found to be alive just before his body was put into a funeral parlour freezer.

Zhang Kailin , 36, took two children hostage at a recreational centre in Shijiazhuang , Hebei province , on Tuesday, demanding 3,000 yuan.

20 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Eviction war brings coffins and tough guys

Embattled nursing home adopts scare tactics, says writ

A nursing home operator fighting eviction has begun displaying coffins, playing funeral music and posting 'strong men of hostile appearance' to intimidate residents, according to a High Court writ filed yesterday.

6 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Corpse found under bed of skeleton

The corpse of an old woman was yesterday found in a home-made coffin inside an abandoned hut in Happy Valley - 10 days after a skeleton was discovered lying on the bed under which the coffin was concealed.

17 May 2002 - 12:00am

Seven face court on coffin-theft claims

Seven Urban Services Department staff have been charged with stealing from coffins at Cape Collinson Crematorium covering a period of 23 years.

26 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Coffin 'theft'

Independent Commission Against Corruption investigators have been called in to look into possible bribery after some government undertakers allegedly stole valuables from coffins.

It was alleged some undertakers at Cape Collinson Crematorium prised open coffins and looted valuables before sending the coffins to the incinerator, according to the Urban Services Department.

12 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Cries pierce air as relatives lift lids of coffins

Relatives and friends of the 234 victims of Indonesia's worst air crash searched a car park laid out with coffins yesterday, trying to identify loved ones before unidentified bodies are consigned to a mass grave today.

29 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Coffin a little too deadpan

CRACKING OPEN A COFFIN, by Gwendolin Butler (Fontana, $60). GWENDOLIN Butler goes in and out of fashion faster than flared jeans. That is rather a shame as she writes with a consistency many of her critics would do well to emulate.

1 Aug 1993 - 12:00am

Concentrate on worst polluters

I SHARE Mr K. K. Wong's concern for the environment (letter headlined, ''Don't get buried in a coffin'', South China Morning Post, March 3), although I have a different set of priorities.

27 Mar 1993 - 12:00am