Workers who clean Malaga’s beach are used to finding all kinds of weird things but a group of them were surprised last week when they came across a funeral urn – which still had the ashes inside. They took it to the police who, thanks to the name inscribed on it, were able to discover that the ashes belonged to a woman and to trace one of her sons. He told them his 84-year-old father had been entrusted with the rite of scattering his wife’s ashes into the sea, as she had requested. Apparently the man took the urn to the beach and threw the whole thing into the water, ashes and all. But the sea decided to return it to the shore, hence the beach cleaners’ surprise last week.


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