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Switzerland, a haven of “new” funeral rites

It is important to allow each inhabitant of this country to do whatever he or she feels is necessary to ensure that ‘his’ or ‘her’ death is a good one….

We are citizens of a culture: beyond our individual ideas, we also carry a collective cultural heritage that can reach us in times of crisis, such as mourning”.

Today, more than a third of the people do not want a pastor or priest, but a lay service, whether it is given by a friend or a third party, confirms Edmond Pittet. An extreme minority of people do not want a ceremony at all.

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