Home Funerals & DIY Burials..

As info (and according to the Guardian in 2009): “The average cost of dying has soared to £7,098 this year and is expected to rise by another third over the next five years.
Average cost of cremation = £2,448
Average cost of burial = £3.018, and £4.600 in London
According to the same article, ‘green’ funerals ‘now’ account for 7% of all ceremonies.

HOME FUNERALS
Steps of the process:

– Washing and dressing the body
– Preparing the body for a stay at home
– Creating a peaceful atmosphere for visitors
– Making necessary arrangements for transport and burial or cremation
– Completing necessary paperwork such as the death certificate and other documents

DIY BURIALS
It’s completely legal to bury someone in your garden:

Wealthy families with large estates have, for centuries, built a mausoleum or burial chambers and vaults on their land, for the burial of a family member. The right to a private burial place has persisted from the days when Quakers often used to bury their relatives in the garden. More recently, particularly with the media coverage, families are keen to have “green” or alternative burials, and the number of burials which have taken place on private land (i.e. farmland or within gardens) has significantly increased.
There is nothing in the public general law, which prevents the burial of a deceased person in ground other than a cemetery. The only exception to this is where the burial on private ground would constitute a public health risk.

Requirements:
– British cemetery law changed after 1665 and is looser now: “No coffin shall be buried in any grave without less than 30 inches (76.2 cm) of soil between the surface of the ground and the upper side of the coffin” section 103 Burial Act 1847 chapter 34
although other sources claim there needs to be 1m of soil above and below the body after burial, others that there should be 3 feet (91.4 cm) between the body and the surface. the ‘6 feet under’ distance used to be true and is actually still the case in cemeteries as other bodies will be placed on top of it afterwards..
– minimum distance to highways, spring/running/standing water, field drain, etc, to be respected

What you’d need:
– shovel to dig hole (3h of work for 3 to 4 feet deep, & shore up first 2 feet for supporting mourners..)
– body can be dressed or naked, wound up in sheet or put in body bad and/or in coffin
– 2 long ropes to lower body into hole
– registration paper: name, adress, date of birth, age, date and place of burial, name of ‘minister’ + drawing with exact location of grave (in case you then sell the land, for instance..)

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