Church forbids services for the cremated
The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece has told its priests not to hold funeral or memorial services for people who have chosen to be cremated after their death.
“The incineration of the body is not in keeping with the practice and tradition of the Church for theological, canonical and anthropological reasons,” the Synod said. Greece has no cremation facilities though the practice has been legal since 2006. The Church has objected to the creation of crematoria at parish cemeteries in a setback to efforts in Athens and Thessaloniki to facilitate the practice.