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Spray paint marks the spot

Saturday, 8 December 2012

 Photo and story in The Times

Staff at Mortonhall crematorium, Edinburgh, have since 1967  been telling families that no ashes can be retrieved from the cremation of babies who die at or around the time of birth. They have been secretly burying the ashes in a mass grave. We covered this here

In response to public outrage, the crematorium is now indicating where the babies’ ashes are buried. The manner in which they have done so has done nothing to slake the anger and grief of those parents who were lied to. 

2 comments on “Spray paint marks the spot

  1. Tuesday 11th December 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Wow. I can’t imagine how difficult that would be! I looked at a few funeral homes toronto for my daughter that died at birth. They had the utmost respect for us and I am grateful!

  2. Kathryn Edwards

    Sunday 9th December 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Seems to me that a lot of bovver could be averted if crem staff were to be trained in the elements of ritual.

    Have just prematurely terminated a project in another area, so I have some spare capacity. Any potential collaborators out there?

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