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Church objects to cremation

The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece has instructed its priests not to conduct funeral or memorial services for people who have chosen to be cremated after their death.

Although cremation is legal by law in Greece since 2006, no cremation facilities have been created in Greece. The Church of Greece has reacted to the creation of crematoria at parish cemeteries in the two largest cities of the country Athens and Thessaloniki.