Does a grave stay forever?
Generally speaking, when you purchase a cemetery plot, it does not expire, and it will always be yours. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, it’s important to point out that when you purchase a burial plot, you are not purchasing the land itself.
How long do cemeteries keep bodies in the US?
When you buy a burial plot, often what you’re actually doing is buying a Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial, which is the right to decide who is buried there for a set period of time (usually about 25–100 years). It’s very much like purchasing a lease.
Do graves get reused UK?
It’s an understandable worry, but cemeteries in London can only reuse graves that are at least 75 years old. In the past, many graves were sold in perpetuity, but the Greater London Councils Act 1974 means this right can be reversed. Now, most graves are sold for between 10 and 100 years.
Who owns the deeds to a grave?
The Registered Owner of the Deed of Exclusive Right of Burial has the automatic right to be buried in the grave; they may also allow others to be buried in the grave (space permitting). They do not, however, own the land itself. The ownership of the cemetery land remains with the Council.
How long do coffins last in the ground?
If the coffin is sealed in a very wet, heavy clay ground, the body tends to last longer because the air is not getting to the deceased. If the ground is light, dry soil, decomposition is quicker. Generally speaking, a body takes 10 or 15 years to decompose to a skeleton.
What do cemeteries do with old bodies?
Thereafter, families can either pay to keep them (often on a rental basis) or the graves are recycled, with the most recent residents moved further into the ground or to another site, often a mass grave.
How do cemeteries make money after they are full?
Perpetual care trust: The main way cemeteries remain open when they’re full is by withdrawing funds from their perpetual care trusts. Each state has different regulations and requirements when it comes to cemetery operations.