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Anger at no return of ashes

By Beth Perry 19th September 2018

Anger at no return of ashes

A FRIEND of Newquay’s homeless and vulnerable has hit out at Cornwall Council over a policy which means the ashes of somebody who has a public health funeral cannot be reclaimed by friends and loved ones.

Anthony Marriott, who is the chief executive of Little Sparrows in Newquay, has spoken out against Cornwall Council after a grieving person was told they would be unable to receive the ashes of a friend.

Anthony explained: “A grieving former partner and good friend of a man who recently passed away in Newquay has been told the service cannot have music, nobody can say a few words and they are not allowed the ashes.

“It’s causing great distress as she wanted to scatter them somewhere which meant a lot to the deceased, but Cornwall Council’s rules mean she is being denied the opportunity.

“I usually try to stay out of the spotlight but I feel so strongly about this I had to s

peak up. It’s totally disgusting how they are treating people who have a public health funeral.”
Anthony has also complained about the length of time and lack of information available in the process.

He said: “The death happened more than a month ago but his friend, who lives upcountry, has been waiting all of this time to find out where and when the funeral will happen. This whole

“She only wanted a bit of dignity for her friend but it seems Cornwall Council have forgotten who they are supposed to serve as a public body.”

A spokesperson from Cornwall Council said: “When someone passes away and no one comes forward to pay for a funeral, the council takes responsibility to ensure a simple and dignified service takes place.

“In these circumstances, a person’s ashes are scattered at the crematorium following the service. We ensure that it is carried out in a respectful and dignified manner in the tranquil location of our memorial garden.”

By Beth Perry 19th September 2018

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