Pandemic Wreaks Havoc With Ancient Balkan Funeral Traditions

Once huge funerals these days are mostly attended only by a small circle of close family members and friends, who have to observe social distancing measures.

The funeral processions are now done in the shortest time possible, and in some countries, police monitor the burials to make sure everyone obeys the rules.

Church leaders meet to discuss next moves on Monday

The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece will convene an emergency meeting on Monday to decide upon measures it will adopt to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

Among the measures to be discussed will be the suspension of services. However, churches are expected to remain open, contrary to the situation in other countries.

Rodents infest cemeteries in Northern Greece

A rodent infestation in cemeteries in the region of Kalamaria in Thessaloniki, has prompted a prosecutor to order a preliminary investigation following complaints filed by the union of funeral homes.

According to the complaint, there has been a large increase in the number of mice, rats and cockroaches seen in the cemeteries, compromising public health.