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A stunning act of kindness amid pain of bereavement

Editor's Viewpoint

It seems hardly possible that a charity set up in 2013 to help repatriate the remains of those who have died abroad should have reached its 700th repatriation.

Eithne and Colin Bell set up the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust in memory of their son of 26 who died in New York - a noble and thoughtful act by parents suffering such loss.

Bereavement is magnified when it happens overseas and the body's return is delayed by bureaucracy and expense.

There are no adequate words to describe what the Bells are doing for families in such circumstances, all the more so when many people believe that this humanitarian function more properly belongs to some arm of the State.

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