‘Grabesruhe’: What are Switzerland’s strict rules around burials?
For the unassuming foreigner visiting a Swiss cemetery, they may be surprised to see that many of the headstones will be dated back only 20 to 25 years.
Cremation is the preferred funeral rites in Switzerland, however, earth burials are still a thing – for an alloted time anyway.
More than 80 percent of the deceased, according to the Swiss Funeral Institute, are cremated. Ashes can remain with family members, be scattered over lakes, rivers, favourite mountains, placed in a columbarium or buri