Atheist Man Buried With Belongings in Non-Religious Ceremony in Turkey’s Ayvalık

(Hurriyet Daily News) An atheist man who died in the Ayvalık district of the western district of Ayvalık has been buried in a cemented grave along with his personal belongings, forgoing a religious ceremony in line with his will.

Atila Yüksel was 76 years old when he died of a heart attack on Feb. 20, Doğan News Agency reported.

His son, Özgün Yüksel, told the authorities that his deceased father’s will was against a religious funeral ceremony as he was an atheist.

Photographs of Yüksel’s funeral show his shaving set, pocket-knife and comb being put inside the coffin before his burial in a local cemetery on Feb. 21.

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