Denying funeral services to Aids patients compounds the grief of families and friends already hit by the death, according to an expert on the disease. 'A decent funeral always means a lot to families. But for Aids patients, there will be no make-up, no religious rituals and no proper clothing. They just disappear. It is so unfair,' said Rita Chung Wai-yee, a nursing specialist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital's Aids Unit said. She was speaking after the South China Morning Post revealed that all six funeral homes refused to take the bodies of those they knew had died of Aids. Ms Chung said the lack of a funeral became an 'unresolved grief' for families, who had no chance to say goodbye and used a service as an emotional outlet. On one occasion, a team of undertakers refused to handle an Aids patient's corpse after it had arrived at the hospital mortuary and saw the plastic bags wrapping the body, indicating the deceased had an infectious disease. Angry and insulted relatives, who had already paid argued with the undertakers, Ms Chung said. With no choice, the undertakers dumped the body into the coffin and nailed the lid shut, giving no chance of a public viewing. The body was then cremated in a rush. Ms Chung said Aids patients themselves also expressed concern about their funeral arrangements during their 'death and dying' counselling. 'We want to know their wishes before they get too ill. Some request roses in the coffin. Some say they want to put on a favourite tracksuit.' Funeral directors in some countries have guidelines on how to help Aids patients' families, including referral of counselling. The Terrence Higgins Trust, a major Aids group in Britain, said discrimination of that kind was rare. 'We have not heard about that . . . we think all funeral homes take care of people with grief,' a trust spokesman said. National Funeral Directors Association of the United States says on its Web site that it believes that 'everyone, regardless of the cause of death, is entitled to complete services'. The association also reassures that casual contact, such as touching the deceased's face or hands, is safe. WHAT THEY SAY Hong Kong Funeral Home, North Point 'Do you mean Aids? No, we don't take such jobs, the undertakers say no way will they do this. We won't even rent out rooms for Aids patients - we're all afraid.' Diamond Hill Funeral Parlour, Kowloon 'Sorry, we won't take Aids patients. You better check with other funeral homes.' Universal Funeral Parlour, Hunghom 'We will take patients who have died with all kinds of infectious diseases, but not with Aids.' Kowloon Funeral Parlour, Shamshuipo 'Sorry, we can't help . . . if our staff had any problems, we would feel terribly sorry. You know, they don't make much money in their jobs and they have families to look after.' International Funeral Parlour, Hunghom 'Aids is so sensitive . . . we will not do the make-up and we will not rent out the funeral hall - we don't want to scare away other customers. Po Fook Memorial Hall, Tai Wai 'I am afraid no one in the whole industry will take the case.'