More choos­ing burial at sea for loved ones

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

More Chi­nese fam­i­lies are choos­ing to bury loved ones at sea be­cause of the re­cent rise in lo­cal govern­ment sub­si­dies and ser­vices for the prac­tice.

In cities such as Bei­jing and Shang­hai, gov­ern­ments are of­fer­ing free sea buri­als or cash sub­si­dies to fam­i­lies. Bei­jing be­gan pro­mot­ing sea buri­als in 1994. Wang De­dong, di­rec­tor of the Bei­jing Fu­neral Ser­vice Cen­ter, said the num­ber of fam­i­lies choos­ing the ser­vice is ex­pected to dou­ble to 2,400 com­pared with 2013.

Wang Guo­hua, deputy di­rec­tor of the com­mit­tee of ex­perts at the China Fu­neral As­so­ci­a­tion, said a sea burial is an eco­log­i­cally friendly and eco­nom­i­cally sound choice in the coastal re­gions. (Photo 2)

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