Move over grandma, there gonna bury another body over the top of you! We aren’t joking. Apparently they are running out of grave spaces in one of Britian’s largest cemeteries. So to deal with the overflow they are going to re-use graves.
Graves chosen for re-use will have a notice posted on the headstone for six months beforehand. If there is an objection, the grave will be left untouched. But if not, grandma’s grave is pushed further into the ground and another casket is placed on top of her. Then, get this…the gravestone is turned around and a new inscription is placed on the smooth back of the gravestone.
So don’t miss visiting your relatives at their eternal resting place or you might come back to find your gravestone ruined and grandma’s place in the ground is covered over by some stranger’s loved one.
What do you think about all this?
Headstones can be turned around to have old inscriptions on the back and new ones on the front.
Photograph: Antonio Olmos for the Observer