Unmarked and unloved in the 21st century

In Waveney, near Lowestoft in England – the 10th most deprived neighbourhood in the country – the local district council has come up with a novel money-saving idea.

The council has a duty to dispose of the dead if relatives don’t exist or they are too poor to pay for a funeral, but nothing dictates that there should be any demonstration of sentimentality.

So anyone who wanted to be cremated, but who dies without having enough money to pay for a cremation, will now be shovelled into an unmarked communal grave.