01 January 2022

South Africa: The funeral mass for Desmond Tutu has been held today Saturday at the Anglican cathedral in Cape Town. His “funeral was given a special status, usually designated for presidents and very important people”.

31 December 2021

South Africa: Desmond Tutu having been an “eco-warrior”, he wanted to be aquamated, an environmentally friendly alternative which produces only 10% the carbon dioxide that cremation produces. The corpse is heated to 150°C in a potassium hydroxide-water mixture for up to 90 minutes which leaves only the bones which are then rinsed at 120°C, dried and pulverised into a coarse powder. He had also wanted “the cheapest available coffin” with the only flowers to be “a bouquet of carnations from his family”.