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.