With barely enough space for the living, Hong Kong has come to terms with cremation as a means of accommodating the dead, writes Jason Wordie.Sunday, 6 January, 2013, 2:54pm
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.
Friends of Li, 62, insisted his family had not consented to the cremation, and a legal expert said anyone who destroyed a body without consent could face imprisonment.10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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