grave stacking

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using a single grave for more than one body is not a new phenomenon.  

By contrast, national, retrospective decisions to re-use graves and  moving bodies  lower down probably has some novelty.     The UK government has estimated that they will run-out of grave space within 30 years.    Many graveyards are already full.   Closed to new bodies.   Compulsory re-use of graves is one step they are taking to tackle the problem:

remains will be exhumed and re-interred at a deeper level in a smaller container or casket. A new coffin could then be lowered into the original space and the names of the newly buried added to the existing tombstone or to new plaques.

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