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Between his family and his theater group: why Alexander Shirvindt will be buried a month after his death

Date: July 15, 2024 Time: 04:48:08

The urn with Alexander Shirvindt’s ashes will be buried on April 14

Photo: Boris KUDRYAVOV

On April 10, information appeared on the Satire Theater website: the funeral of People’s Artist of Russia Alexander Anatolyevich Shirvindt will take place on April 14 at the Novodevichy cemetery in the afternoon. That is, a month after his death. He died of heart disease on March 15 at the age of 90. “At the request of Alexander Anatolyevich’s family, the farewell and burial will take place among relatives, the troupe and the theater staff.”

The question immediately arises: if the funeral is planned in a small circle, why did Satire need to make this announcement? The wishes of relatives are unlikely to stop the inactive public, who will definitely want to come to the cemetery on this day. But this is not the only issue.

Alexander Shirvindt’s farewell took place on March 18 at the Satire Theater. The same day, according to his will, he was cremated. And only now will they bury the ashes. Many people have a question: why a month later? Why not the next day, when we receive the ballot boxes? Those interested probably thought that the urn with the ashes would be installed in the columbarium at the Novodevichy cemetery. No, they will lower it to the ground (this is how the urn with the ashes of Dmitry Hvorostovsky, Vladimir Etush and many others is buried) in the central alley. Shirvindt’s grave will be next to Vasily Lanov’s.

As explained to us at the Novodevichy cemetery, there are no strict rules about when an urn should be buried.

“When family members come in, that’s when they do it,” the funeral service employee told us. – As a rule, not in winter or early spring. They are waiting for the snowdrifts to melt and the ground to thaw. Until that time, the urn with the ashes is usually kept in the crematorium.

We call the widow of the People’s Artist of the USSR Vladimir Etush, Elena Etush. Vladimir Abramovich died on March 9, 2019. The farewell and cremation took place on March 12, and the funeral the next day.

– When Vladimir Abramovich died, he was allocated a separate place at the Novodevichy cemetery for a traditional burial. But he wanted to be buried in the family tomb with his relatives. His mother, grandmother, father, aunt were buried on the former territory of the Novodevichy cemetery… Therefore, according to his will, he was cremated and the next day the ashes were buried in the family grave. Since Vladimir Abramovich took care of everything in advance, a niche was made for the urn under the granite slab in the foundation of the tombstone, where we placed it. That year there was little snow. We were able to do everything the next day after saying goodbye at the theater. As far as I know, the ashes of loved ones are buried at any time. Some the day after cremation, others on day 9, others on day 40…

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