Government Wants to Breathe New Life into Cremation Efforts in Antigua

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The government is considering offering cremation as an alternative to traditional burials. During a recent post-cabinet media briefing, Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister’s Office, Ambassador Lionel Hurst, stated that the government will not directly establish a crematorium. Instead, private entities will be encouraged to lead this initiative. Hurst emphasized the necessity of alternatives due to limited burial spaces.

Health Minister Sir Molwyn Joseph revealed in an interview that at least two private individuals have shown interest in opening a crematorium.

He indicated that the government supports this private sector involvement, suggesting that the sooner it happens, the better, as cremation is becoming more accepted.

However, legal changes will be required to facilitate local cremation services.

Hurst mentioned that while it is currently lawful to send remains abroad for cremation and have the ashes returned, conducting these services in Antigua will necessitate amending the existing laws.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Why would ir be illegal to send bodies overseas fir cremation and have the ashes sent back? People have a right to cremation. This government is as backwards as they come.

  2. Illegal to have a loved one sent overseas for cremation and have the ashes sent back? Are we in 1974 or 2024? Restricting people s freedom? This government is as backwards and primitive as they come.

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