No pic. We can’t post a photo of the same old bloody bonfire every time we run a story about open-air cremation.
Southland, New Zealand.
When Chris Ramage’s brother John died in hospital of natural causes just before Christmas 2011, his nephew (John’s son) wanted to witness his father’s cremation. In Chris’s words, “He wanted to cremate his father and he wanted to be present when it happened. The crematorium people weren’t going to let that happen – so he did it himself.”
He did it with Chris’s help. They built a huge fire which burned for two days.
The affair has been investigated by the police and the case closed.
It is legal to cremate dead people in New Zealand, but you’ve got to do it through the necessary paperwork. Sergeant Lury said: “It is my understanding that if he had asked for a certificate he would have got it.”
Campaigners for open-air cremation in the UK might do well to investigate the NZ model.
Full story here.