28 January 2014 16:15

Those choosing to be cremated after death, will have to know that before "all kinds of pacemakers" will have to be removed from their bodies, as will all clothing or footwear containing rubber or PVC, earrings, bracelets, rings, glasses, and any foreign material which cannot be cremated. However, dental implants will not be removed.
The coffins that will be placed in the incinerator should be made of wood, bamboo or recycled paperboard and free from any preservative elements or flammable primers in combination with colour coatings or heavy metals such as zinc and lead.
These are some of the details included in the draft bill on cremation which is still before the House of Representatives.
The cremation process includes the loading of the coffin in the incinerator and placing of the resulting ash in the urn. However, it should be noted that the law prohibits placing urns (in which ashes are contained) in any river, lake, dam or water transport channel.
The urns can be buried in the so-called remembrance space, namely special places found in cremation centres or within any cemetery (garden, fountain, etc).
Those who are unaware of how ashes are created will also have to know that after the burning of the corpse, what remains will go through a pulverisation process, which in practice is a machine that grinds solid residues.
Under the legislation, if any remains are unclaimed in a morgue for six months, the director of the hospital in which the corpse is kept, may decide to have it cremated.
Due to the significant changes brought about by the law provisions on cremation, the church and ministries involved, owners of funeral homes and other entities expressed their views.
 The Archbishopric indicated that the issue of cremation was not a dogmatic issue for the Church, since it considers that the resurrection of the dead can be made from ashes.
For the Church, each person has a special, unique personality towards God and this 'speciality' can be seen in the DNA of every person. It also notes that DNA is retained in bones, but not ashes.
Additionally, it said the church respects the specificity of each relic, it does not accept cremation. It clarified, however, that the Church cannot prevent its members from adopting cremation practices for themselves or their families.
The Ministry of Health said that it considers it necessary to ensure that workers in the mortuaries of public hospitals have no particular relationship, blood relation, or marriage relationship with owners of funeral homes.
This will avert the possibility of funeral homes being held in the name of relatives and persons working in public hospitals. The Ministry of Health also recommended it to be a criminal offence to remove organs from corpses and suggested that the funeral home directors and embalmers have no right to remove organs.
The Foreign Ministry suggested explicit provision be made prohibiting the removal of organs from the dead, as in the past this practice created a problem with a foreign country's embassy in Cyprus.


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