A final resting place for the homeless in Denmark

by Letizia Orlandi - 2013.05.06
A final resting place for the homeless in Denmark
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In Denmark, people of no fixed abode will soon have a section of cemetery reserved especially for them. It's part of an initiative launched by Assistens Kirkegård (Churchyard Assistance) in Copenhagen, which will create a section for homeless people from next September. The initiative, called Graves for Street People, is possible thanks to the efforts of the association Give your Hand. It was inspired by the need for a final resting place for people with no fixed address, who often don't have close family ties. Usually, the council pays for their burial and inters them arbitrarily in a cemetery. This practice will be abandoned after private funds are raised to create a new dedicated section. The costs of burial and maintenance will be paid by the Church of our Lady (Vor Frue Kirke). According to the latest statistics from the The National Research Centre on Welfare, in 2011, there were 5,290 people in Denmark that had been living on the streets for at least one year.

Published in Homelessness.
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