Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Right Choice

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Right Choice

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Byline: By Sarah Knapton

A funeral director has had dozens of calls from across the country after he revealed plans to offer traditional funeral pyre services.

Carl Marlow, owner of Go As You Please in Wallsend and Whitley Bay, hoped the ceremony would appeal to people who were uncomfortable with the traditional church setting.

Already Mr Marlow offers a range of alternative funerals including woodland burials, firework celebrations, brass bands, torch-lit processions and burials at sea.

But he was amazed at the response after the Chronicle ran the story last week ( particularly from the Hindu community.

In the Hindu religion, fire is considered a sacred gateway to the spiritual world with the cremation usually having to happen within six hours of death.

Mr Marlow said: "The feedback has been incredible. I had more than 30

e-mails and many more phone calls from people saying they were delighted somebody was finally offering the service. …

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