Hundreds of bereaved relatives crowded into the Yuanshan Funeral Home in Luoyang yesterday, where they had the last chance to see their loved ones. But, not all families made it into the funeral home as security was extremely tight. Witnesses said the queue for registration was about a kilometre long. Only up to five people - including a family member and the supervising cadres from the victims' work units - were allowed to view a body. For many families, who were desperate to see their loved ones, it was simply not good enough. Wails could be heard from outside the funeral home where a few mourners reportedly collapsed at the electronic gates. Scores of riot police and local police were also called in to maintain order. Officials asked families to sign a document once they had identified a victim, but all refused, said Mr Fan, a representative from a local state-owned factory trade union. Eight of the factory's workers died in the fire. The document is believed to have been a form stating that a body had been positively identified. 'They are unwilling to sign anything, as if they do, the body will be cremated,' he said. According to sources, none of the bodies have been cremated yet as authorities are unsure about how to deal with this sensitive issue. The Government called on work units of the deceased to persuade the families of victims to allow cremations to go ahead as the bodies were starting to decompose, said Mr Fan. He said that relatives were also waiting for the Government to announce its compensation plan. 'They are worried if they sign something they would waive their right [to claim compensation],' he said. Many in Luoyang believe that the true death toll is about 450. This is based on the belief that at least 500 revellers were in the building at the time of the blaze. Apparently 309 tickets were sold to male patrons, 100 were complimentary tickets and at least 200 women were let in free of charge. Many heartbreaking stories have surfaced in the aftermath of the disaster. A 24-year-old bride-to-be was among the 309 dead, the Yangcheng Evening News, a Guangzhou based newspaper, reported. She had been invited to host the Christmas party that night. Another story involves a man with a five-year-old daughter. He went to the party with three friends that night. His distraught wife told their daughter that her father 'has gone to a very faraway place'.