Sweden has banned funeral cleaning companies from cleaning cremains.
The move comes after Swedish funeral home Avis Furniture, which specializes in cremains, had to pull out of the country.
Avis’ head of funeral business, Peter Rydgren, says they’re not sure why Avis was excluded from the ban.
“It’s not a technicality, it’s a matter of business ethics,” Rydstrom told local broadcaster SVT.
He added that funeral cleaners will have to work with funeral directors and other funeral professionals to clean their cremains once the cremains have been processed.
“That’s the way funeral cleaning works,” he said.
In the past, funeral cleaning firms have been able to offer cremains for free to anyone who paid.
But the new ban is the first time they won’t be able to do so.
It’s unclear whether funeral cleaners who use the crematory will be able charge funeral directors or funeral homes to clean them.
The ban has been in place since July 2016.
“This is the most recent and strictest regulation in the funeral industry in Sweden,” Ryden said.