Raising the dead

Greece’s urban cemeteries are so full these days that most graves are only rented, usually for three years.

Longer than that and the families of the dead must pay extra – and the price goes up each year.

The price goes up because it’s hoped that families will exhume the body (at their own cost) so that the space can be re-used.

The Greek Orthodox Church staunchly opposes cremation.

In 2006 Greece passed a law giving permission for crematoria to be built.

But the country still does not have one.


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