Double Decker

There are double decker sandwiches and double decker buses, but how about double decker graves? The City of London Cemetery is attempting to begin reusing graves, if they can convince families to agree to it. Reuse of graves is not a new idea, in fact other European countries have been recycling graves for a very long time. Britain and the United States have generally considered graves to be more permanent but, at least in England, the dead are getting crowded and shared graves is a possible solution. Of course the price will be the same as for first use graves, approximately $3200.
     Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 29, 2009

rather creepy. but then they present it as a cultural thing. according to the article some other European countries recycle graves about every 20 years. my dad has been gone 36 years and i just can't imagine going to the cemetery and finding his grave with a different marker on it. strange idea to me.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 10/29/09 at 05:45 PM
Here in Greece there are tombs. Each tomb usually has room for 2 or 3 small caskets. When the priest finally gets you to the cemetery he opens the casket, throws in a piece of bread and a splashes in a bit of red wine. These two items jump-start the process of decay. (The star attraction is required to be dressed in natural fibers only.)

After 3 years the casket is opened to see how things are progressing. If all the flesh has not rotted away the casket closed and left for another year or two.

Once the decaying process has completed the bones are collected and either stored in a small box in the tomb or burnt.

Why all this elaborate process? The church collects at each step in the process!

BTW... up until recently, the church was the only legal corpse gardener allowed by law!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 10/30/09 at 12:14 AM
Being from The Great State of Missouri I'd guess that would also include nose to nose and not nose to toes?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 10/30/09 at 05:45 AM
that sounds awful expat. the final rest is not so final over there. the church has a million ways to suck money out of the faithful, but then just look at how long they have had to perfect the process.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 10/30/09 at 07:41 AM
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