Cremation in Greece

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    latsida
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            Very good news indeed.

            The body is but a shell, once death occurs it is of no use to anyone.

            To bury a body after death , not only means taking up valuable space , if the body had a disease it contaminates the ground.

            The Druids were the first to cremate bodies after death, the Vikings cremated bodies out to sea, the American Indians cremated their dead.

            It is about time the Orthodox religion, got to grips with the 21st century and let the people think for themselves, but i think a lot of people have no faith in the teachings of the church since a few years now, thank God for that.

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                my original post was for information for those who are under the impression that Greece already has a Crematorium.
                Here is a brief history for you Binx.
                http://www.everlifememorials.com/v/urns/urns-history.htm

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                    25282B3426242F470 wrote: It is about time the  Orthodox religion, got to grips with the 21st century and let the people think for themselves,

                    But that, surely, is the object of most religions: To provide ready made answers so that people do not have to think for themselves!

                    The Greek Orthodox Church is not alone in banning cremation. Other religions ban it also. (e.g. Orthodox Jews)

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                        Very interesting Latsida and thank you.

                        I read the book " The Celtic World " by Amanda Green and the many professors and experts.

                        Under the Druids history they were the first to cremate . History twisted it to make people believe they were sacrificing humans, one thing the Druids never did as they were very spiritual.

                        I was led to believe that there was a crematoriam in Athens anyway since years..!!

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                            Careful Binx, Smart Alex-the-gardener will be after you for spelling!

                            If my history is correct the stone age, when cremation was first used was way before the iron age when Druids first appeared

                            Ginge

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                                Last year several local Cretan businessmen were trying to buy a piece of ground beside an Orthodox cemetery in the Apokoronas area (overlooking  Souda Bay a few kilometres east of Chania).  They planned to have the ground sanctified and then offer non denominational burial sites to all comers.  I’m not sure how they’re getting on with this business venture but will ask my accountant since he told us about it in the first place.

                                Jon

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                                    the only place that I know of here in the east that will bury  a non orthodox person is Vrahasi, but there may be others.

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                                        So when anyone is non orthodox, where do they get burried ?

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                                            Very good news indeed.

                                            The body is but a shell, once death occurs it is of no use to anyone.

                                            To bury a body after death , not only means taking up valuable space , if the body had a disease it contaminates the ground

                                            The Druids were the first to cremate bodies after death, the Vikings cremated bodies out to sea, the American Indians cremated their dead.

                                            It is about time the Orthodox religion, got to grips with the 21st century and let the people think for themselves, but i think a lot of people have no faith in the teachings of the church since a few years now, thank God for that.

                                            Binx, excuse me back tracking, but with reference to the 2nd part of your 2nd sentence, I ask have you actually seen how a body is buried as part of the Cretan/Greek Orthodox religion in Crete, as I do not understand the part where you talk about contaminates!

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                                                It is a regular occurrence here now for non Orthodox to be buried in Orthodox graveyards, not a problem generally – except that a lot of the graveyards have run out of space – which is not a problem for the Greeks with family tombs ( and more often than not the bones are not moved, just washed and put to one side in the grave when someone else is buried.
                                                Re the non Orthodox graveyard, I understand that the issue has gone to Athens – the Bishop of Crete is supportive as are the local people and the council, but there is a clause in the written Greek constitution that is causing some kind of delay which cannot be overcome just on a nod

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                                                    That’s not correct Latsida I have a non-orthodox friend in the graveyard at Kalo Chorio and I know of other non-orthodox people there too.

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                                                        Hi Fowles , I did say that the only place I knew in this area was Vrahasi and that there could be others.
                                                        I very rarely get over to the area you mention and apart from a couple who used to live in Latsida do not know any expats there.

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                                                            BTW the councils are responsible for graveyards not the church which is a surprise. The new councils will be looking at this as well as all their other duties.

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                                                                So how do you get on if you want to be Buried at sea.???

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                                                                    Go by boat

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                                                                        So what happens when the boat sinks…

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                                                                            Cremation in Greece was voted in 2006 (law 3448/2006, article 35) and the decree was published on March 23, 2009. In the first week of May 2010, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Health signed a [ch922][ch933][ch913] ([ch922][ch959][ch953][ch957][ch942] [ch933][ch960][ch959][ch965][ch961][ch947][ch953][ch954][ch942] [ch913][ch960][ch972][ch966][ch945][ch963][ch951] – common ministerial decision), précising the different building and working modalities of the [ch922][ch913][ch925] ([ch922][ch941][ch957][ch964][ch961][ch959] [ch913][ch960][ch959][ch964][ch941][ch966][ch961][ch969][ch963][ch951][ch962] [ch925][ch949][ch954][ch961][ch974][ch957] – cremation centre). They promised they would soon publish the location of the first cremation centre in Greece.  The law has been voted; everything is prepared, signed and countersigned, but as until now, there is still no cremation centre in Greece.
                                                                            You will find all information, in Greek and in English, on http://www.cremation.gr/index.htm
                                                                            Concerning funerals and in case of hesitation concerning details (who, where, how much), best is to visit the local [ch922][ch917][ch928], [ch922][ch941][ch957][ch964][ch961][ch959] [ch917][ch958][ch965][ch960][ch951][ch961][ch941][ch964][ch951][ch963][ch951][ch962] [ch928][ch959][ch955][ch953][ch964][ch974][ch957] (Information Centre for Citizens) at the Town Hall. 

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                                                                                Binx wrote that the body is but a shell, and after death is no use to anyone. Not quite true – medical schools in many countries will make use of bodies willed to them. There’s also organ donation for transplants, and if you have a rare genetic make-up or blood type, your cells can be tissue cultured (a form of immortality?)

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                                                                                    Mikedunn…. You are quite right in what you say, but a majority of medical labs and schools will not accept bodies that were once diabetic patients.

                                                                                    I should have added this to my post but got side tracked.

                                                                                    I wish i knew if medical labs accept bodies here,as i would gladly donate mine to them after death, but then i have diabeties , underactive thyroid, arthritis, bursitis and other ailments.

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