In a joint decision taken by the Health, Environment, and Interior ministries yesterday, facilities will be created so that people who choose to be cremated may do so.
The legislation that allows for the creation of crematoriums - to be built next to cemeteries and comply with specific regulation on emissions - has been approved. . . . . . . . . .
Although cremation has been allowed in the UK since 1884 and France in 1887, Greek lawmakers only approved legislation in 2006 allowing for the cremation of the dead to take place in Greece for the first time in the country's history.
The new law permitted the cremation of people who request this method instead of burial as long as their religion also allows it. The law still forbids cremation for Orthodox Christians. The Church of Greece opposes the practice for believers, arguing that Orthodox traditions only allow for burial.
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Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)