We recover the funeral-home magazine article
Page 50 – Magazine Funeral Home No. 116, sponsored by group Mémora
The trend is clear and unstoppable: there were more than 124,000 incinerations in the almost 200 crematoriums in Spain in 2012. In some cities the percentage is reaching 70%, as in Seville and Jaén; in others, such as Zaragoza, it exceeds 60% of the deceased. Also in Valencia and Malaga cremations outnumber inhumations. For reference: in 2007 the Spanish average barely reached 23%.
But, what are the most common practices or the most extravagant ones when ashes are kept or scattered? And what are the causes of this meteoric growth? Next we will reveal some of these keys.
The ashes are often scattered in the sea or in places with an emotional sense to the deceased person. It is also quite common to keep them at home, in a special container (mini urns) or even to transform them into diamond, after a process of crystallization. The tastes of the Spaniards are becoming more varied and surprising and that is why specialized companies have emerged to meet the last wills no matter how complex they may seem. One of the pioneers in the professionalization and innovation of this service is Yatri.
Examples of services include:
-Biodegradable urns which are scattered or buried with a seed. Over the years it grows a tree, symbol of life and union with nature.
-Deposit the ashes of the deceased in the crater of a volcano, so that at the time of the eruption those get mixed with the ashes of the own volcano and both spread united forever.
-Bury ashes of some grandparents in this recondite place that was his refuge during the war, and who always wanted to be the destination for eternal rest.
-Spread the remains from a helicopter in the middle of the Alps, place where the deceased and his wife fell in love years ago.
-Bury ashes in an environment friendly urn and with a sapling of ‘Yew’, ancient tree whose bark is component of medication used to fight cancer (cause of the death)
-Spreading them in the exact spot where his father died drowned when the boat he was sailing sank.
-Keep them in an urn of salt and natural fibers and pour it into the bottom of the sea; and that attendees to the ceremony to see it from inside the water, diving.
-Buried in the natural park which was the subject of their studies and climate research in life.
-A trend on the rise among Spaniards: honor the memory of your pet.
For example, a flight in a helicopter with the ashes of their beloved chihuahua around those places that they used to walk, then toss them into the sea. In short, for all tastes, economies and demands. But whatever the last will of the deceased or the desire of their relatives, “it is very important to always perform with professionalism, within the law and with the utmost respect to the environment,” says Juan Antonio González Angulo, CEO of Yatri. Because scattering the remains indiscriminately – in streams, parks, protected places, proximity to the coast…-, as well as illegal may be hygienic and even pollution. It should, therefore, count on the services of a specialized company.
“An Indian diplomat is cremated on a pyre of firewood”. For example, this headline now would make no sense today, but it did just a few decades in Spain, where no crematoria existed. The first that was installed in our country was in Madrid’s Almudena cemetery, in 1973. The reason for this novelty: “Just in case there were any foreign demands” see original story