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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  • Robin Egg

    Very sad. Too late now though, I’m sure he wishes he could change.

    • aitchpb

      Have any evidence to support your statement?

      • LynnRH

        The Holy Bible…..God’s Word. That’s all the evidence we true Christians need.

        • aitchpb

          Fair enough.

          Let me rephrase, have any evidence which can be verified by an outside source or which doesn’t use circular reasoning, logical fallacies, and/or outdated methods to reach an incorrect conclusion?

  • james blue

    Sympathies go to his loved ones.

    Just wondering why this is a story?

  • aitchpb

    No one knows what happens after we die. Anyone trying to state they definitively do know what happens, one way or the other, is not speaking truthfully and is definitely not your friend.

    That stated, we, the human species, have collected enough information about life to make a highly-probable educated guess about death.

  • MCrow

    I am confused why this is newsworthy…people, religious and non-religious, die every day and funeral services, religious and non-religious, are performed every day…