Scandinavia and the World

Comments #9815045:

Say hello to your new roommate 28 4, 4:10am

in the 1800's (probably earlier) if you were poor in the UK you could end up in a paupers grave. You could end up sharing this with up to 15 other people (jumped up and down upon so you fit) your body may pop out of the ground but that's okay you would be in the furthest corner of the graveyard away from people who come to see loved ones and there was no service for you.

Also apart from that tidbit the dead were generally treated better than the living. When St Pancras station was being built it was over a graveyard so the Midland Railway contacted the living relatives and paid out to have the bodies moved and even if the families wanted anything extra for the deceased. At the same time they destroyed houses of those living there and told them to find somewhere else to live with no money for them