“If the deceased has been cremated, burial shall take place no later than six months after the death,” it is stated in the Funeral Act.
Terje “Hariton Pushwagner” Brofos (77) died of cancer on 24 April 2018. The urn reduction should therefore have been completed by 24 October the same year, but it was not until Wednesday this week that Brofos received his last journey.
It happened via an extraordinary ceremony at Our Saviour’s graveyard in Oslo.
A number of reasons contributed to it taking so long, Pushwagner’s benefactor and agent, Stefan Stray, tells Dagbladet.
– We had to face many challenges. The family lives in Norway, England and the USA, and we were first to discuss the burial site. Terje’s mother is buried on Nesodden, and some thought it was a natural place. At the same time, we worked up against other burial groves in Oslo.
– The choice ultimately fell on the fact that Our Savior’s burial ground was the right place, but getting a place there is in itself a long process. Then we started planning the burial site, says Stray.
In yesterday’s ceremony, the details of the stone obelisk over three meters high were unveiled. In addition to the Pushwagner art that adorns the spire, one also finds Brofos’ signature in pink on what is called the hat on the obelisk.
– Got serious injury
The work of finding the right tombstone is a big part of the reason why it took two and a half years to get the urn to the artist in the ground.
– The first obelisk was smaller in size, but it suffered serious damage during transport and was destroyed. So then we had to start again. Applying for Our Savior’s Cemetery for stone and decoration takes time. They have strict rules, says Stray.
There are not many, if any, signatures in pink at the traditional burial ground, where Norwegian greats such as Henrik Ibsen, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Edvard Munch, Camilla Collett, Aasta Hansteen and Harriet Backer are buried.
– Not been excited
Pushwagner’s pill – shaped urn made of lacquered pine was also a specially made detail that took time. Finally, they were given the green light by the so-called urn committee in the funeral service.
– The whole process has taken longer than first thought. The burial site is experimental, but we have received good feedback from the agency and the cemetery, says Stray, who acknowledges that the authorities have not been thrilled that the process stretched.
– The Funeral Service is concerned that this should not set a precedent. They want this to happen within six months. We understand that. That said, we’re happy with yesterday. Positive feedback has flowed in, he continues.