Parson Vetoes “Viking Funeral” Proposal

Missouri Governor Mike Parson vetoed a bill yesterday [Friday] that would have allowed public, outdoor cremation ceremonies.

In his veto letter, Parson said “Without more thorough vetting to ensure that outdoor cremations can be conducted in a manner that fully disposes of the entire remains while also addressing the health and safety concerns of individuals who may be impacted nearby,” Parson said, “I am not comfortable with allowing these types of ceremonies to be conducted in our state.”

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The so-called Viking or Jedi funerals passed through the Missouri House and Senate this year as part of a larger package dealing with end-of-life issues.

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