Is guidance on the permanence of Christian burial in need of review?
Following a post summarizing the Church of England’s approach to the permanence of Christian burial and the application of Re Blagdon Cemetery  Fam 299, we identified some instances in which other issues relating to exhumation have been raised. In Part I we examined these in relation to: the application of Articles 8 & 9 ECHR; the development of churchyards to permit the reuse of graves; and family graves. In this second part we look at: the storage and scattering of cremation ashes; cases in which there is an objection to exhumation; and where a petitioner has sought exhumation and re-interment at a more convenient location on account of medical reasons. Continue reading