More choosing burial at sea for loved ones
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)