海葬

From Ming pao 2006年8月20日

「中國傳統是必須為先人立碑立墓,否則就是不孝。」陳先生的父親生前提出海葬的要求,曾被家人一口拒絕。不過,陳先生和哥哥最終被父親說服,昨日一家十口更一起出海送別父親。哥哥親手把先父的骨灰輕輕撒進海中,聲音抖震大喊﹕「爸爸,上路啦,住得舒服點呀﹗」… 陳先生又說,經過父親的游說後,自己已接受了海葬,認為這樣既環保,又乾淨利落。他希望自己死後亦能像父親那樣,無牽無掛,長眠海中。

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I am very glad to hear that there is an organization in HK that assists with cremation funerals at sea. But it is a pity that this is not legal within HK water territory. More should be done to promote this.

There are three things wrong with a typical HK funeral service. First, it is a rather environmentally unfriendly event, especially since people expect to use high quality wood for a good coffin. Second, local funeral houses are extremely depressing and noisy places. A funeral service is conceptualized purely in terms of mourning, and has no scope for the celebration of a person’s life and memory. With all the chanting going on, there is no possibility for quiet contemplation. Finally, it is very difficult to find a decent and tasteful cemetry in HK. There is a big need (and market) for more sympathetic and affordable services here.

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