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Well, it has been a while since I last posted, although I have been keeping an eye on you all he he. And we are still looking at retiring over there and really enjoying reading about your diary Macmaniac, it is truly inspiring and really helpful.
I would like to ask a question that is possibly unusual and may not have an answer, but, just thought I would try. A lot of us that are either moving over, have moved over or even just thinking of moving over are all of the slightly "older" generation and I just wondered if anyone had ever considered about what or how they would deal with the death of a partner in Cyprus? I really don't want to be morbid, it is something we were talking about with someone and I just thought if anyone had dealt with this or also wondered about this, such as how hard is it to deal with over there and are the funeral arrangements similar to the U.K and do we have the same rights as native Cypriots?
I would truly like to hear anyones views or any information that anyone can give on this and believe me, this is a really unusual thing for me to ask, cos I am a very happy and bubbly person.
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Well, it has been a while since I last posted, although I have been keeping an eye on you all he he. And we are still looking at retiring over there and really enjoying reading about your diary Macmaniac, it is truly inspiring and really helpful.
I would like to ask a question that is possibly unusual and may not have an answer, but, just thought I would try. A lot of us that are either moving over, have moved over or even just thinking of moving over are all of the slightly "older" generation and I just wondered if anyone had ever considered about what or how they would deal with the death of a partner in Cyprus? I really don't want to be morbid, it is something we were talking about with someone and I just thought if anyone had dealt with this or also wondered about this, such as how hard is it to deal with over there and are the funeral arrangements similar to the U.K and do we have the same rights as native Cypriots?
I would truly like to hear anyones views or any information that anyone can give on this and believe me, this is a really unusual thing for me to ask, cos I am a very happy and bubbly person.
Best wishes to everyone.
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Hi Pam, nice to hear from you again.

I want to be repatriated back to the UK when the knock comes on my door. At the moment, I believe burial is the only option as yet here, although I understand land has been found for a crematorium to be built, as the EU dictates we should have.

No doubt there will be more updated info to follow.
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I know people who have gone down both routes. A lady Iknow had her husbands body repatriated, it cost her 4K. Then I know a lady whose husband resides in our local village cemetary. They both told me they had been treated wonderfully by the people who dealt with matters for them.

My hubby and I have agreed that if if the crem is running by then we will take the ashes back to be scattered, probably on my parents grave. It is mainly a matter of somewhere for our familes to go to visit us when we are gone.
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I know people who have gone down both routes. A lady Iknow had her husbands body repatriated, it cost her 4K. Then I know a lady whose husband resides in our local village cemetary. They both told me they had been treated wonderfully by the people who dealt with matters for them.

My hubby and I have agreed that if if the crem is running by then we will take the ashes back to be scattered, probably on my parents grave. It is mainly a matter of somewhere for our familes to go to visit us when we are gone.
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Hi Pam, nice to hear from you again.

I want to be repatriated back to the UK when the knock comes on my door. At the moment, I believe burial is the only option as yet here, although I understand land has been found for a crematorium to be built, as the EU dictates we should have.

No doubt there will be more updated info to follow.
Hi Geraldine
Bet you thought I had hibernated ha ha! I promise I will email you very soon and fill you in I apologise for such a long delay.
I don't know why this popped in my head and I just wondered if anyone else had thought about it? I wondered what the concensus was from some of us "young ones" and if it happened how much it would cost if you did want to be repatriated? Or how much to "do it" there? Omg Geraldine I think it's cos I just had my 60th ha ha hmm cant do 60, like 50 better!!
So, all contributions greatly appreciated please. And hope to meet up with you all one day.
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I know people who have gone down both routes. A lady Iknow had her husbands body repatriated, it cost her 4K. Then I know a lady whose husband resides in our local village cemetary. They both told me they had been treated wonderfully by the people who dealt with matters for them.

My hubby and I have agreed that if if the crem is running by then we will take the ashes back to be scattered, probably on my parents grave. It is mainly a matter of somewhere for our familes to go to visit us when we are gone.
Hi Veronica and thank you so much for that. It is such a very emotive and difficult subject to talk about really. I think really what made me think was a friend of mine was planning her Greekholiday 5 weeks ago, in fact she and her husband should have been there now, but.... she has just had to plan his funeral instead!! He hadn't been ill, just "asthma" and it suddenly makes you realise how fragile life is and I know that you and I Veronica know that especially.
Right, I am not going to linger on this but to say I do appreciate everybodies view on this subject and thanks again Veronica for all the really good and helpful info that you give us all.(And you too Geraldine, don't want you getting cross with me ha ha.)
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Strangely enough my wife and I talked about this the other day, as she had just come back from tidying up her mother's grave and putting fresh flowers down. We both wish to be cremated, and we would want our ashes scattered where we scattered the ashes of our beloved dog, Holly, in the apple orchards where we used to live. Neither of us want to have a grave, either in Cyprus or the UK. So, if cremation becomes available in Cyprus, that's what we shall do and the surviving partner will spread the ashes.

It is an uncomfortable subject, and at the age of 59, one I hope that doesn't become an issue for a long time. On the bright side, when I went to say goodbye to my lovely GP, I told her I intended to live for ever - so that's that problem solved.
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Here is my take on things for what it's worth.

There is an British undertaker operating in the Paphos area so language should not be a problem.

If the death occurs in a hospital then I'm afraid you need to be a little careful as it's possible the mortuary attendants my get a backhander from an undertaker who will be called and will do his best to sell you his services at a time when you are at your most vulnerable.

There is no legal obstacle to being cremated in Cyprus but there are no facilities either.

I understand that there are mainly two types of grave, permanent and temporary. If you opt for a temporary grave then after a period of time it may be re-opened and someone else may be keeping you company.

Pricing of the graves varies and is under the control of the mucktar in the villages.

There are people in the Paphos who can be called and they will guide you through the process. I understand that they are church based but are not going to refuse to help just because you are not a church goer.

Maybe someone could add/correct this then it could be worth writing up properly and turned into a sticky.

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The lady we know whose husband was repatriated used a company in Limassol.
G & P Melas.. Tel 22253010.

She said they were absolutely wonderful, did everthing for her and took all the stress out of it.

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G & P Melas.. Tel 22253010.

She said they were absolutely wonderful, did everthing for her and took all the stress out of it.
Sorry that is Nicosia not Limassol

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