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Swedish Bishop Suggests Mortuary Fee

Published onsdag 21 januari 2009 kl 14.09

Let relatives pay if funerals are delayed over 14 days. This proposal comes from a Stockholm bishop who suggests a 1000 kronor fee per day to the mortuary if the body has to stay there over two weeks.

The reason behind the suggestion is that the period between death and funeral is increasing in Sweden. With Swedish mortuaries always full, bodies cannot be cared for in a dignified manner.

Both local politicians and the Swedish Church are critical about the fee, although agreeing that the problem needs to be solved. Stockholm County Council member Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd told Swedish News Agency TT that they will be reviewing their procedures in order to improve the collaboration between undertakers, hospitals and churches. 

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