The government has insisted to attempt controlling all aspects of everyday life in Venezuela. It’s not surprising that they’re trying to control life… after death. With 10 year statistics showing Venezuela as a country with “war-like” levels of violence (but no war), the temptation to poke your nose into the death business is not one chavistas are likely to resist.
Morgues have already gotten the revolutionary treatment. In a clear case of Life imitating Chigüire, the next logical step is price controlled funerals, burials and related activities.
A new Law on Funeral Services has been put on the legislative fast-track, with deputies racing to enact it before the National Assembly goes on recess on August 15th. The bill has one of those long names determined to make clear to everyone its true intention: Law for the Regularization and Control of the Provision of Funeral Services, Burials and Cremations.
The wonder is that they didn’t put the word “socialist” in it.
The deputy in charge of the legislation, Claudio Farías (PSUV-Miranda) explained that the bill aims to: “…to control the excessive charges made by funeral homes and cemeteries.” It includes a proposal that poor families will not have to pay any expenses to bury one of their members. The law also wants people to choose cremation over the traditional burial, given the state of public graveyards like in western Caracas.
Of course, the current bill comes with a new bureaucratic entity to supervise it all: the National Council for Funeral Homes and Cemeteries. Looks like that we’ll see brand new “socialist funeral homes” pretty soon. And, needless to say, the first State Funeral graft/corruption scandal is coming in 3…2…1…