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Rites of passage

Traditionally, upon the death of a family member, a fung shui master will be consulted with regard to the most auspicious hour and day for the funeral or cremation and for the burial or interment of ashes.

Sunday, 8 November, 2009, 12:00am


What is the meaning of a dignified death?

The visit of Philip Nitschke, the euthanasia advocate, to Hong Kong last month sparked a fresh debate on the subject. When it is being discussed, people often raise the question of the meaning of a dignified death.

28 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Too few cadavers for medical student masses

The switch from seven years of secondary education to six is giving the city's university administrators a headache - and aggravating what is already a big problem for anatomy professors: where to find enough bodies for dissection classes.

27 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

City Chat

More than 50 protesters took to the streets early this month after a Taoist temple in Tuen Mun, Ching Chung Sian Yuan, abruptly switched the allocation of 750 funeral urn niches from a first-come-first-served basis to a ballot.

21 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Inquest into death of inmate's baby

The coroner's court will this month hold a hearing into the death of a woman prisoner's baby in August last year. The baby's mother, identified only as Ah Ching, was an inmate at Tai Lam Centre for Women. She said at a press conference yesterday that she gave birth to her daughter in June last year and was sent back to jail from hospital about a month after the birth.

14 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

The right to the ultimate choice

Euthanasia takes place when someone suffering from an incurable disease decides to die. For some, it is a painless solution to an incurable problem and everyone should have the right to choose it, while for others it is unacceptable.

11 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Inquest told of 'ferocious' vagrant

The inquest into the death of a Nepali shot dead by a policeman heard evidence yesterday from a Water Supplies Department worker who said he had been told of a 'ferocious' homeless person on a hillside in Ho Man Tin. He took photographs of a man lying on a sofa in the area.

9 Sep 2009 - 12:00am


Mercy killing not the answer

Some people say euthanasia should be an option for terminally ill patients. Others say it is murder.

This is a complicated issue and it is being debated around the world. Those who favour 'mercy killing' say it is good to end people's suffering in a painless way.

7 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

Immortality has been a hot topic for humans since the dawn of civilisation. One of the world's first literary works was the Epic of Gilgamesh, written by the ancient Mesopotamians more than 4,000 years ago. It was an epic about a mythological hero-king and his search for immortality. This ancient story is believed to be based on even older legends from the Sumerian empire.

8 May 2009 - 12:00am

Government seeks inquest on tumour boy

The government wants an inquest held into the death of Wong Ho-leong, five, who died during a tumour-removal operation at Queen Mary Hospital in 2006. The Secretary for Justice filed an application in the High Court yesterday asking the court to order an inquest to be held into the death, which occurred during surgery on November 2, 2006.

10 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Mortuary boss tried to hide loss of body: panel

A mortuary supervisor at Pamela Youde Eastern Hospital tried to cover up the loss of a baby's body for five days, according to an investigation report released last night, which also blamed poor management.

But the 19-page report did not reveal how the body of the newborn boy was lost, or its whereabouts.

18 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Report fails to answer important questions

The report of the inquiry into the loss of the baby's body leaves many questions unanswered, including how and when it was lost. 'We cannot find out the exact cause of the loss of the body,' the chairman of the investigation panel said.

18 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Morgue workers still 'can't recall' body of baby

Inquiry panel again interviews staff

Mortuary workers at the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital have insisted they do not remember when they last saw the body of a baby boy that went missing in a blunder that raised a public outcry and led to an expensive but futile search for the body.

14 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

'Inconsistent evidence' on loss of baby's body

Panel agrees on three findings over mortuary blunder

A mortuary staff member gave 'inconsistent evidence' concerning the disappearance of the body of a newborn boy from the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital mortuary in December, a member of an investigation panel said yesterday.

11 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

'Cover-up' on body missing at mortuary

Employee admits lying about how baby's corpse was lost, say sources

One of the staff at a public hospital mortuary from which the body of a newborn boy disappeared in December has admitted to investigators he lied about the incident, sources say.

10 Feb 2009 - 12:00am