Ritsonas makes significant donation to SOS Children’s Villages
We are proud to share this announcement made by the representative of our member from Greece, Mr Antonis Alakiotis, President of the Greek Cremation Society.
The Greek Cremation Society has decided to donate 10% of their shares in the crematorium in order to help children in need that do not have a suitable, caring family environment. Please click here to read the full article as published in ‘The National Herald’.
Mr Alakiotis informed us that the crematorium is performing very well and many citizens have expressed their support, congratulations and appreciation.
Ritsonas Crematorium, situated at approximately 70 kilometres distance from Athens, has opened in September 2019. Although in Greece cremation was legalised in 2006, it did not provide cremation facilities so far.
Many parties and especially the Greek Cremation Society based in Athens have fought for this fundamental right for many years. The realisation of the crematorium was made possible by commendable longstanding dedication, determination and powerful efforts of those involved.
This milestone and the gratifying current developments give credit to the basic values of the ICF as well as honour our history in a special way.
Message from the Executive Committe to our members.
We hope you are safe and healthy in these uncertain and ominous times. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has become a worldwide health crisis and governments across the globe struggle to contain the pandemic. Their hope is to limit the number of new infections, while treating those individuals suffering from COVID-19 and isolating others whose symptoms are not as severe but who might spread the disease. It is strongly advised to:
- Find local information
- Know the signs & symptoms
- Take steps for those at higher risks
- Protect yourself and your family
- Create a household plan
- Stay informed about emergency plans
The World Health Organization informs through the following link: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Governments of different countries are announcing restrictions and guidelines with regard to the funeral industry. Wherever possible, we ask you to share (local) recommendations and actions taken in order to inform and help each other. Please send your input to the ICF office and allow us to share the news with all our members worldwide. Thank you.
We wish you well in coping with the challenging circumstances.
All the best, on behalf of the Executive Committee
Pharos International published international statistics in their latest statistics issue, published mid-2020.
Please click here for a survey of international statistics for 2019.