Law amending the law on the funeral and cremation
(Relaxation of requirements for municipal cemeteries, etc.)
WE, MARGRETHE the SECOND, by the grace of God Queen of Denmark, do indeed:
The Danish Parliament has adopted and we know Our consent confirmed the following law:
In Act No. 346 of 26. June 1975 on funeral and cremation is amended as follows:
1. Article 3, paragraph 2, shall be repealed, and replaced by: ' (2). The ashes must be reduced in one of the cemeteries referred to in § 2, paragraph 1, or be placed in a different location, approved by the Advisory Board.
(3). The ashes can be spread over the high seas, if the deceased has requested this in writing. The requirement of writing requirements may be waived when there is no doubt that it was the deceased's wish that the ash would spread over the open sea. The burial authority shall decide whether the requirement of writing requirements can be waived. Made who objected to the decision, the funeral and taken the opposition not to follow, submit to the burial authority decision of the Probate Court, acting in a ruling that cannot be appealed.
(4). The Diocesan øvrigheden can allow treatment with the ashes on the other seemly way than mentioned in paragraphs 2 and 3, when there is a specific request from the pronounced deceased. The Diocesan øvrighedens decision an appeal may be lodged to the Church Ministry. Complaints must be submitted in writing, within 4 weeks after the complainant has been informed of the decision. '
2. section 8 (1), (2). paragraphs, are hereby repealed.
3. section 16 (1) is replaced by the following: ' Advisory Board may authorize the construction of municipal cemeteries. At such cemeteries must be of the municipality shall comprise at least one Funeral Chapel, unless that alone must be urn reduction on the site protected. National church pastors and priests in religious communities outside the Church of Denmark can make funeral in the square. '
(1). The law shall enter into force on the 1. August 2008, see. However, paragraph 2.
(2). section 3, paragraph 3, of the law on the funeral and cremation services, as amended by this Act, section 1, no. 1, shall enter into force on the 1. January 2009.
The law does not apply to the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
Given at Christiansborg Palace, on 17 March. June 2008 MARGRETHE r./Birthe Rønn Hornbech