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Change to burial law could pressure loved ones

Published måndag 30 april 2012 kl 13.15

A change to the burial law means that bodies must be cremated or buried within one month after a death. The old law allowed for a two-month waiting period. Some are worried the change to the law will put pressure on loved ones to plan funerals.

Around seventy thousand people a year are cremated in Sweden, which represents 78 percent of all deaths.

Ronny Hägglöf, who runs a cemetery in Skellefteå, does not think the change will have any impact on their crematory operation. "The first few weeks maybe they'll be a little more to do, but then it will be more normal," he tells Swedish Radio.

Most burials or cremations take place between three to four weeks after death, according to the Swedish Federation of Cemeteries and Crematoria.

However, the change to the law can cause problems for loved ones who have to make plans for funerals, according to Dan Svensson, an undertaker in Luleå. He is worried family members and friends will not have time to plan.

"There could be major consequences for all the loved ones who have to find a date that works considering travel, work and studies," he says.

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