Activist cremated 'without consent'

Former Tiananmen dissident Li Wangyang's body was cremated yesterday, three days after his suspicious death in hospital, stoking criticism of the authorities in Shaoyang, Hunan province.

Sunday, 10 June, 2012, 12:00am

Anger over new restrictions at crowded cemetery

A limit on the supply of spaces for burial urns at the Wo Hop Shek Cemetery could lead to more people cremating the bones of their relatives after the seven-year burial limit passes, putting pressure on hard-pressed columbariums.

26 May 2012 - 12:00am

Niches shock for grieving relatives

Among the tens of thousands of Hongkongers who visited ancestors' graves for yesterday's Ching Ming Festival, some did not know the columbariums housing their relatives' ashes had been labelled illegal just days earlier.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Welcome to the last hotel you will ever check in to

Catering to the needs of a maximum of just 18 guests, the Lastel is one of the newest and most sought-after boutique hotels in the port city of Yokohama.

Its reception area is marble-and-chrome, the furnishings are plush and there are ornate arrangements of flowers on each of its five floors.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

No room for dead tradition in a city that must make space for the living

I refer to your editorial ('A problem that won't be buried', December 19).

I could not agree more with your call for greater use of scattering ashes to ease the demand for niches in columbariums.

Unlike other forms of property, a columbarium is essentially a use-once-only property.

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

It's never easy to say goodbye to an old friend

Two years ago, Peggy Li's 11-year old Golden Retriever Coco started to show signs of ageing. 'It was a gradual decline but for the last six to nine months it got worse and worse. Coco couldn't control his muscles in his feet and couldn't walk,' Li says. 'He started crying and screaming in pain all the time, and eventually he didn't recognise who we were.'

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Should the government build columbaria in all 18 districts?

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.

The move is aimed at pleasing the public who are adopting a not-in-my-backyard approach to the issue.

22 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Syndicate controls monopoly of preferred times for cremations

I am writing to express my deep dissatisfaction and disappointment regarding the system of Deaths Registries set up in Hong Kong.

My wife died on September 8 and the family hoped to have the cremation on September 25 (a weekend).

The earliest cremation booking is two weeks in advance with a death certificate required from the Department of Health.

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Blast of the big spenders

The end is nigh. The stock market is plummeting to new depths, global warming is reaching new heights, and the Black Eyed Peas remain inexplicably popular.

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Diesel shortage stops journeys to next world

A nationwide diesel shortage has affected not only factory operations and trucks, but also stopped people moving on to the next world.

A Chongqing funeral parlour had to suspend cremation services last weekend because it had been unable to acquire diesel for its three cremation furnaces.

20 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Columbarium land fight hinges on crematorium

A private crematorium on Lantau is likely to be at the centre of a legal battle between the Lands Department and a columbarium developer whose land has been seized by the government for alleged land-lease breaches.

13 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

'Does this too too solid flesh melt, thaw and resolve itself into a chemical stew?'

Is a human being still 'human' after being cremated? It's not a philosophical question but a practical one that niche operators are seriously asking.

7 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Ministry aims to curb profiteering in the funeral business

The government will clamp down on profiteering in the funeral business by forcing state-owned crematoriums to limit the cost of their services.

New guidelines published by the Ministry of Civil Affairs yesterday promised a push towards free funerals, after a string of scandals.

24 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Solution to lack of urn niches sorely needed

Nearly a quarter of a million new columbarium niches would solve the severe shortage of resting places in Hong Kong for loved ones' ashes for some time to come. But that is roughly the number that the government says it has been prevented from building over the past few years because local residents have effectively blocked them by invoking the 'Nimby syndrome' - not in my backyard.

24 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Two officials and worker sacked over ashes scandal

A crematorium worker and at least two officials in Liaoning have been sacked for their roles in giving strangers' ashes to families of the dead, the China News Service said.

19 Oct 2009 - 12:00am