Until recently, Germany had strict rules regarding the burial of animals. Pet owners wishing to bury their furry friends had to do so in special animal cemeteries. Now a new cemetery in Essen allows for the interment of both humans and animals.
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?
A recent survey has found that most Germans are not bothered if their neighbor keeps an urn at home or buried in the garden. In most places in Germany it is still required for human remains to be buried in a cemetery.
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