Exhumations are generally rare and tend to be traumatic for the family involved. They can take a long time to arrange and are usually expensive. For these reasons, it is always best to consult with all the relatives before proceeding.
It is an offence to exhume any human remains without first obtaining the necessary lawful permissions.
We do not carry out the exhumation of graves within our cemeteries but will give advice on obtaining the necessary permission.
Requirements for Exhumation
- Due to the nature of such a request, an exhumation is only granted for a very important reason
- Only the owner of the Exclusive Right can request an exhumation
- A licence must be obtained from the Home Office
- Exhumation licences will contain certain conditions
- If the person is buried in consecrated grounds, permission from the Church authority must also be obtained
- An Environmental Health Officer must be notified of the details of the exhumation and may supervise the event to ensure that respect for the deceased person is maintained and that public health is protected