Burials at sea were once reserved for sailors. Today anyone can take this option, and it’s popularity is growing. Each year some 10,000 Germans chose the high seas as their final resting place.
More and more Germans these days prefer to be buried at sea, media reports quote the Federal Association of German Undertakers as saying. The "Bundesverband Deutscher Bestatter" is trying to determine the exact number.
Gravesites used to be status symbols, elaborately designed and painstakingly maintained. But today cremations and burials in nature are increasingly popular. Will this trend be a problem for cemeteries?
The ashes of Liu Xiaobo have been buried at sea depriving supporters of a future rallying point. There are reports his widow, Liu Xia, may have been freed from house arrest.
Italy has raised from the sea floor a migrant ship that sank off Sicily last year, causing the deaths of between 700-800 people. Prime Minister Renzi has vowed to identify and bury all that were trapped on board.
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