More than 1,000 people at funeral of parents of girl who survived crash

More than a thousand mourners showed up at a funeral in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, to pay their last respects to the parents of toddler Xiang Weiyi, who was 'miraculously' pulled alive from the wreckage of last month's massive train crash.

Friday, 5 August, 2011, 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

Bus massacre inquest has served its purpose

An inquest cannot make sense of violent death, or heal the physical, psychological and emotional scars of survivors and those left behind. But it can begin the process of closure they need in order to move on with their lives.

25 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Actor-singer gets his priorities right after disasters in Japan

It seems singer-actor Eric Suen Yiu-wai is ready to settle down with model-actress Macy Chan Mei-sze. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan was a wake-up call for Suen to reshuffle his priorities in life.

'I couldn't help crying when I watched the television news - those once beautiful cities were washed away ... just like that.'

16 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Inquest jury to hear Filipinos' statements

The inquest into the deaths of eight Hongkongers held hostage by gunman Rolando Mendoza in Manila in August entered its ninth day yesterday. Sitting without the jury, Coroner Michael Chan Pik-kiu, coroner's officer Jat Sew-tong SC and lawyers for late tour guide Masa Tse Ting-chunn discussed how to deal with statements by Filipino witnesses, some of which will be heard by the jury today.

25 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Review of Nepali's shooting denied

The widow of a homeless Nepali man shot dead by a police officer in Ho Man Tin in 2009 has failed yet again to have a decision that her husband was lawfully killed reviewed.

Sony Rai expressed disappointment yesterday after the Court of First Instance rejected her application for a judicial review of an earlier ruling by the coroner's court.

22 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Chopped limbs part of man's bizarre suicide

A man whose torso and dismembered limbs were discovered in Western District on Friday and who was initially thought to have been murdered may have committed a bizarre form of suicide, police believe.

9 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Cardboard coffins a hard sell where tradition dies hard

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 become the mainstream choice in the city.

20 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Report says mortuary blunder to blame for mix-up over autopsy

Lawmakers yesterday criticised system-wide bureaucracy for an unnecessary autopsy on a woman that was carried out against her family's wishes. They were speaking after a report into the incident said a blunder in the mortuary was to blame.

9 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Coroner receives Manila report

6 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Morbid mishaps

2006 March: Identity mix-up at Fu Shan Public Mortuary in Sha Tin results in a widow being given the wrong body for cremation. A month later, a barcode system is installed.

2007: In the space of three months, mortuary officers bury five bodies in graves for unclaimed corpses without waiting the prescribed 30 days.

21 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

No room left for our dead

The government is planning to draft laws to govern private columbariums amid mounting calls. But operators can enjoy a few more years of business free from the worry of regulations because it will take several years for a licensing system to come into force.

21 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

HK beefs up Manila bloodbath probe team

Hong Kong is beefing up its team of investigators in Manila in an effort to get to the bottom of Monday's hostage-taking bloodbath.

The government says this will enable it to gather information for an inquest on the eight victims, and contribute to the Philippine government inquiry.

28 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Eco-friendly way to get to afterlife

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's problem on illegal columbariums.

14 May 2010 - 12:00am

No shame in satire

As Meatloaf used to sing, two out of three ain't bad. So being credited with having three out of the four classical Chinese virtues might be perceived as a compliment. Alas, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong must have had a momentary humour bypass over the Lunar New Year. Come to think of it, the party probably never had any to begin with.

25 Feb 2010 - 12:00am