Monday, September 30, 2013
According to Julie Rugg of the University of York’s Cemetery Research Group, grave plots should be reused in order to address the oncoming shortfall of spaces.
Research by the BBC found about a quarter of cemeteries are expected to be full within the next decade and about 44% within the 20 years. And due to high cost and environmental concerns, creating new graveyards is not the answer to this shortfall.
Reusing graves has its own troubles as well. Graves can belong to the same families for a century, “[s]o even after 100 years you have to find the family of the bereaved and get their permission to reuse the graves.” But Dr. Rugg says we still need to consider this as an option as it will bring money and people back into these typically abandoned and neglected places.
See Ben Rossington, Graves May Be REUSED as Graveyard Spaces Become Scarce, Mirror, Sept. 27, 2013.