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Most places in the US people buy a spot for their family member that is supposed to be everlasting.

In Europe however it's common practice to reuse graves. People buy a spot for however long it's expected for a body/urn to decompose. After that they can choose to re-buy the spot for another number of years if they so wish. If they don't want to, another person will be buried there.


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3 months ago #9815084        
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I don't care what my family decide to do with my body after i die. i most likely don't have use for it at that time.


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2 months ago #9815323        
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I used to work in a cemetry here in wales, any grave over 100 years old (minus a few of historic value) would be considered empty

3 months ago #9815200        
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I thought they generally took the bones to an ossuary. Or built things out of them. Look up bone chapels, because there are apparently several chapels made almost entirely of human remains.


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3 months ago #9815136        
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When I die I don't want to be buried in a cemetery, but in a forest (or actually they can just leave my body in a forest for animals to eat. I probably wont care anymore then). This way I will never have to share my grave. xD


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3 months ago #9815108        
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In New Orleans, the cuty is too close to sea level, there aren't nearly enough places to bury corpses that they wouldn't float up out of. So, they re-use crypts. In the south coast climate, with the sun beating down on the sealed crypt and heating the interior, the decay of a body is greatly accelerated. A year and a day after a body was placed in the crypt, it can be opened up again, whatever charred-looking remnants are still there are swept into a spot in the back, and a new body can be placed inside.

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3 months ago #9815074        
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Finally!

3 months ago #9815057        
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The whole concept of paying for a grave is a tad ridiculous and outdated in my mind. My grandfather insisted it, and set the money aside for it. It was a whole thing. My grandmother was like, eh... just chuck my ashes in the ocean. A much more beautiful moment considering the dolphins followed our boat.

3 months ago #9815045        
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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


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3 months ago #9815039        
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I'm from America, but this practice and many others like it doesn't freak me out like it does some of my countrymen. Partially because I've known about this sort of thing for a long time, but also because I'm capable of using logic and critical thinking. People have lived in Europe for thousands of years, and have had stationary communities for much longer than here in North America. If they didn't renew graves, they'd run out of places to bury dead folks or end up taking over space that living people need.

Though finding out that the path I was walking on was paved with old gravestones was more than a little disconcerting.


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3 months ago #9814996        
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Wait what

what did I miss here

what

what the fuck


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