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What could explain that somebody is buried half a year after dying?

Note the time of year of the death and the time of year of the burial. In New England, I've seen several obituaries from winter deaths that say someone will be buried later in the spring. In the post ...
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What could explain that somebody is buried half a year after dying?

As others already mentioned the body can be held by the coroner in case of a suspicious death. If the body needs to be moved to another state/nation for burial the paperwork/permits to do so, can also ...
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What could explain that somebody is buried half a year after dying?

The death may have been suspicious. Bodies can only be buried or cremated once released by the coroner. In the vast majority of cases this is automatic and rapid. However, if there is any reason to ...
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Were bodies shipped overseas to be buried?

It would have been very uncommon, if it ever happened, in the 1600s. And if it did happen, I imagine it would have only have been for a person of significant wealth or importance. The journey across ...
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Was it common for parents to baptise a baby/child if they knew he was sickly and likely going to die soon?

To answer the question about baptising sickly children - yes, absolutely. The Church of England has an abbreviated form of the Order (i.e service) of Baptism to be used in homes etc. in such ...
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What could explain that somebody is buried half a year after dying?

I know someone who lost a family member to a fairly uncommon disease. With the permission of the family, the body was retained by the hospital for further examination to try to learn as much as ...
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Finding resting place of deceased Leicestershire clergyman?

Shipping the body back to the home village is a possibility, as you can see in the related question What records might be created in England when people are re-interred?. In his book talk The ...
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What records might be created in England when people are re-interred?

"Would a vicar enter a burial if no burial took place?" Possibly. I have seen (and started) more than one thread about exactly what the meaning of an entry in a burial register is. The "obvious" ...
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Finding photo of Robert Mason's 1890 Headstone on Isle of Wight?

This does read like a gravestone epitaph, especially the line from the hymn "Come unto Me and rest". There are a few resources for the Isle of Wight that would be my first ports of call. The Isle of ...
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What could explain that somebody is buried half a year after dying?

I'm unsure for which country you are asking but from the absence of it I assume the US. ;-) One more ordinary explanation could be that the paperwork took rather long. Even in cases where the death ...
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Did UK Poor Houses pay for pauper's graves?

The Poor House system in Ireland was run on similar lines to the English model and I have some experience of it. In Ireland the Poor House would pay for a burial for someone whose family didn’t or ...
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What could explain that somebody is buried half a year after dying?

Unfortunately, my wife's grandmother died within the past month of simple old age. She has been cremated. Because of Covid, the date when her ashes will be interred has not yet been determined and ...
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Finding resting place of deceased Leicestershire clergyman?

I can't see an obvious burial record for Edward, but if you can find out where his wife was buried, there's a decent chance he'll be there too. Or he could be in a family plot somewhere, so you could ...
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Finding resting place of deceased Leicestershire clergyman?

The Index To Death Duty Registers 1796-1903 at FindMyPast gives the residence of Edward Brewer Brooks at the time of his death on 11 May 1901 as being Loughborough. You may already know this but, if ...
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