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From: "Andy Hedgcock" <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] Death and Burial records
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2008 23:50:29 -0000
It's not unknown for the deceased body to remain at the undertakers for sometime. There was a recent story about two sisters who still visited their mother's body at the local undertakers - doing her hair, etc. I don't think I ever read an explanation as to why they hadn't buried her. I can't remember how long this was going on for but it was a few years.
And there was the well known case of the British girl who was killed in Kenya I think it was. Her father refused to let her be buried until her killers had been bought to justice.
Do you know when your body was cremated? Could the body have been kept, like the examples I gave?
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From: The Quineys
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Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2008 9:32 PM
Subject: [Ess] Death and Burial records
I've come across a gravestone anomaly - according to the headstone the
death occurred in 1974, however, the burial isn't registered until 5
years later in 1979. Initially, we assumed that the 4 and the 9 had
been misread on one or the other but today, I've verified that the death
really was in 1974 and entry in the burial register is chronologically
correct (the previous entry being the previous month and the subsequent
entry being the following month) in 1979.
Reading the wording on the headstone (which I don't have to hand at the
moment), it implies/states that here lie the ashes of the deceased (not
the actual body). We are now wondering whether the person died and was
cremated. The ashes were then held onto (by a member of the family?)
for 5 years before finally being laid to rest in the churchyard.
What do others think about the ashes being kept for 5 years (not
personal opinions about doing such a thing) but is a reasonable
assumption? Is 5 years an unusually long period to retain the urn or
whatever? Is it actually quite common?
Would appreciate your thoughs :-)
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