What is exhumation? Why would someone want to do it?
Exhumation is the act of disinterring, or digging up, a body that has been buried in the ground. Exhumation is only allowed under very specific circumstances, and only after all appropriate permissions from local authorities have been granted and appropriate environmental health guidelines are followed.
Some Reasons That A Body Might Be Exhumed Include:
- A court-ordered exhumation that is part of a criminal investigation
- Public health reasons (for example, if a graveyard is being moved)
- Family reasons (if the family of the deceased wishes to move the body to another burial ground, or transport abroad, etc.)