“Bleeding and no warnings”

“Bleeding and no warnings”
“Bleeding and no warnings”
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Broken crematorium, bodies away: protests break out in Viterbo due to the failure that has kept the system located at the San Lazzaro cemetery off for two months. While no notice has ever been sent from the Municipality and not even a post in the many social communications of the mayor and the council to inform the citizens, it happened that many families from Viterbo found themselves discovering the disservice only at the last minute. And in addition, that to follow up on the last wishes of their loved ones they would have had to turn to structures outside the province, with a significant increase in costs due to transport and other bureaucratic tasks.

Breakdown in the cemetery, cremations stopped for 2 and a half months. No notice from the Municipality, inconvenience

Among the voices that are raised is that of Raffaele Amato, an inhabitant of the hamlet of Bagnaia, who passed away on 22 December of his brother-in-law, almost eighty years old. “We learned of the breakdown directly from the funeral home. They explained to us that the crematorium of San Lazzaro was broken and therefore we had to go to Florence. Total expenses: 700 euros. A not indifferent figure”. In fact, by removing the cremation fee (150 euros, unchanged), the rest is all for the extras. “I guess my family hasn’t been the only one since November to have to deal with the death of a relative. So I’m appealing to the Municipality to intervene immediately to solve the problem, we can’t go any further. All services are essential, but this one is perhaps more so than others. Furthermore, not everyone is in a position to be able to meet these expenses. A break of a few days is understandable, two months is something absurd”.

Mr. Amato experienced a similar discomfort not long ago: “Already last summer on the occasion of my sister’s death we found the crematorium temple broken due to another fault, compared to today, however, we had to wait a week for repairs” .

In addition to the trip there is also the uncertainty about the times. The cremation of Raffaele Amato’s brother-in-law is scheduled for these days. Apparently for today. “My brother-in-law died on December 22nd and the funeral took place the following day. Evidently a queue must have formed. We didn’t ask for explanations because in that moment you’re absorbed in other thoughts, but it’s really a long time. If we had been informed earlier by the Municipality, I’m not saying we would have opted for the traditional inhumation or entombment, but we would have at least evaluated”.

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Meanwhile, there is still no official communication from the Giunta Frontini. Contacted in recent days by The messengerSilve, the company that has the concession for the cremation service in Viterbo, had explained that the failure was not predictable. The problem concerns a part that needs to be re-produced by the factory. The order was placed immediately, but delivery is scheduled for the end of January. In the meantime, the company manages to guarantee the residents cremation in the other plant it manages in Florence, guaranteeing the same rate applied in Viterbo: 150 euros, “the lowest in Italy”. Obviously, however, the company cannot bear the transport costs and bureaucratic costs.

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