March 20, 2008 / 4:24 PM / 12 years ago

Funeral company offers football-shaped urn

A woman presents an urn with the design of a soccer ball at the "Bestattungsmuseum der Bestattung Wien" (burial museum) in Vienna March 20, 2008. REUTERS/Herwig Prammer

VIENNA, March 2O (Reuters) - Vienna’s leading funeral company, steeped in tradition, is moving with the times: the bereaved can have their loved one back in a cremation urn in the shape of a football.

The black and white urn joins more conservative containers in sombre and art-deco designs in the range offered by Bestattung Wien just as Austria prepares to co-host the Euro 2008 soccer championship.

“We are doing this as it is European Championship year,” said Wittigo Keller, curator of the funeral company’s museum.

No one has yet ordered the 362 euro (281.57 pounds) urn, which has been available for two weeks.

Reporting by Paul Bolding, edited by Richard Meares

0 : 0
  • narrow-browser-and-phone
  • medium-browser-and-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser
  • wide-browser-and-larger
  • medium-browser-and-landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser-and-larger
  • above-phone
  • portrait-tablet-and-above
  • above-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet-and-above
  • landscape-tablet-and-medium-wide-browser
  • portrait-tablet-and-below
  • landscape-tablet-and-below