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What happens to a cemetery when it's full?
Jokes, Polls & Anything Else / 8:51 PM - Friday August 17, 2012

What happens to a cemetery when it's full?

- Asked by alecsmart1, A Guy Critical, Male, 46-55, Celebrity

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In the "old days" they used to bury bodies over bodies which is why it's so hard to restore old cemeteries.

Nowadays they just close them out and allow interment of ashes only in existing graves.

Personally I think having your body buried in the ground is a waste of space, but you didn't ask that now did you?

- Response by chattinchick, A Career Woman, Female, 46-55, Other Profession

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They stop placing bodies when it gets full. There is a fund put into place, as part of licensing when a cemetery opens. When it gets full OR is abandoned, this fund continues to care for the gravesites, since revenue otherwise stops.

They just move on to another site.

- Response by randyl, A Thinker, Female, Who Cares?, Technical

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Check out the Jewish cemetery in Prague. It's "surface" is fifteen feet above the surrounding streets. We were only allowed to bury our dead in that one place, so bodies are buried above bodies and Earth was brought from other places. Kafka used to drink coffee at a place across the street, contemplating the hill made of his ancestors.

- Response by dendresdner, A Jock, Male, 46-55, Science / Engineering

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EEk....I never thought about that. Where i live the cemetery just bought out the land next door and built a huge building for people who want to be cremated. Ashes don't take that much space.

- Response by dreenie07081, A Thinker, Female, 36-45, Teaching

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In old days they'd just bury on top of the other folks. But the church/grounds either acquire more space or create a new cemetery near by if possible. There's a church near my old home that had FOUR Cemeteries. Granted it's been around since 1754 but only one has the old graves. The rest are more modern and they are very large and I'm like, dang are they killing people!? Lol Dang snake handlers... Lol

- Response by thottienc, A Career Woman, Female, 36-45, Who Cares?

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they start over in a new one? btw, how many people are dead in that cemetary?

- Response by kmf1, A Life of the Party, Female, 46-55, Minneapolis, Who Cares?

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the stiffs find a new hom

- Response by rantingmadman, A Rebel, Male, 36-45, Hospitality

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