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that's sort of creepy isn't it?
Have wild animals been digging up bodies from 6 feet down? Families worried about heavy equipment disturbing or damaging the graves of their relatives when a new grave is opened?
Problem in US is running out of space
at least some cementeries.
Been several stories over the last few years where cemeteries have been caught digging up old graves that didn't have visitors and dumping the bodies, sometimes in a mass pit grave, so they could resell the plots. There have also been stories of burying one body on top of another to resell the plot.
Other local small cementeries have been in the local news lately because no one takes care of them. When you think about it, once a cementery sells all, even just most, of it's plots, it doesn't really have income anymore. It ends up getting abandoned, especially as the original owners die off and heirs want nothing to do with it.
Spacewise, I have said (only half joking) that we should bury coffins standing. Auger a deep hole, after the service, raise the coffin and lower it in. You could get 3 plots at least, probably 4, in what is currently one.
I have no idea what the policy of US national parks are about scattering ashes. I know some who have scattered just a token amount in a park and it was just done, not pre-approved, but that involved only a few people not a larger crowd or ceremony. In fact, I don't know if I've ever heard about policies regarding scattering ashes even though I'm sure there are many places that do.
A lot of cementeries now have a mausoleum or even what appears to be a free standing wall with niches, drawers, or cabinet like spaces for ash urns. A lot better use of space perhaps.
The wall is called a columbarium (sp?)
hadn't heard that term before, but checking it seems right
Here's the part that got me to check the date:
"All digging is to be by hand"
I noticed that
wondered it was some traditional aspect, thought to be part of respect?
Cynically also wondered if it was a political pay off for a contribution/investment to someone's election.
That wouldn't be April Fool.
Seriously, at least let them use shovels!
I need to think that the grave digger's union has rules requiring a safety observer to monitor the digging activity. A shovel does constitute a small danger of injury by the tool. About all a hand digger would need to worry about is breaking a nail. Who needs a safety observer in that case?
On the other hand...
....if they're being paid hourly.......
what a mess if the body needs to be buried before sundown.
The risk of the walls caving in at 8 feet = certain death. 4 feet has killed in the U.K.
Dafydd. ( Gravedigger for 25 years ).
I wonder if, while digging someone's else grave and
you end up making it your own, you have to pay for it.
It happened in a cemetery I worked at. The bloke digging the grave was alone and had a heart attack. He wasn't charged for it.
Well...they'd have needed to dig him out to
determine the cause of death. Are you saying they re-planted him for free?
He and his wife lived in the cemetery lodge. He was late home for his tea so his wife went looking for him. She found him in the grave dead. He was reopening the grave at the time.
He didn't need digging out as the grave hadn't collapsed on him
He was buried in a new grave in another part of the cemetery.
I think 5 ft is the point requiring wall shoring in US
but there is also provisions relating depth to width of the excavation etc.