Ch5 Article 1 - WORLD NEWS Chinese face rising cost of...

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Page 1 of 2 2009 Factiva, Inc. All rights reserved. WORLD NEWS Chinese face rising cost of dying By Jamil Anderlini in Shanghai 808 words 28 April 2009 Financial Times FTFT USA Ed1 07 English (c) 2009 The Financial Times Limited. All rights reserved Global Village Huge profits and lax oversight in the funeral business are driving up prices of 'extras', writes Jamil Anderlini When Lin Yuanjing's husband died of liver cancer in February she was prepared with the wads of cash she knew would be needed to navigate the bureaucracy of death. The first people she paid were the hospital nurses and orderlies so they would clean her husband's body and treat it with respect when they moved it to a freezer cupboard in the morgue. Then she paid an orderly to help her register the death with the public security bureau and Shanghai government and contact the state-owned funeral parlour. At the parlour, the grieving widow was confronted by a baffling menu of goods and services intended to smooth her husband's departure - from jade urns costing Rmb40,000 ($6,000, £4,000, €4,500) to paper money to be burnt for her husband's use in the afterlife. With a couple of devastating comments about piety clearly intended to shame Ms Lin into coughing up more
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