Why do exhumations happen?
- Movement from the original grave to a different family plot
- Repatriation overseas
- A court order that requires further forensic examination
Things to consider
- Exhumations are rare and expensive
- Legally a licence is required from the Home Office before any arrangements can be made
- It is an offence to exhume any human remains without having the necessary permissions
- An Environmental Health Officer must be present to supervise and ensure the respect for the deceased person is maintained and that public health is protected
- If the conditions of the licence cannot be met, or there are public health or decency concerns, the exhumation may not go ahead.