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  • Sometimes, but typically it's less than that. It depends where and when the person was buried. Famously, many graves in southern Louisiana are above ground, rather than below. Most of my deceased relatives were in densely populated places, so they were mostly cremated.
    • Linda Joy
      Actually few are buried that deep. I remember seeing pictures of caskets floating in flood waters I believe were in LA. Many in the frozen tundra are not buried either. They just pile rocks on top of the bodies so the animals can't drag them off. There is no national regulation for how deep a body must be buried. Its left to the state or local laws. Most in the US are less than 3 feet deep. The 6 foot rule was enacted during the plague in London, I think. That's as deep a hole as you can dig safely without side supports to keep them from caving in.
    • bostjan64
      Here in VT, our state law in 2017 changed from 5 ft to 3.5 ft. Our state is situated almost entirely in the mountains, so 5 ft grave depth was usually too difficult to attain anyway without hitting a ledge. There are also laws in place here where the family of the deceased can do essentially whatever they want with the remains on their own property, which probably most out of state folks would think of as odd, but most towns in VT are less than 10k people, and most public cemeteries here are pretty full, so it might be economical for families to bury their own on their own property however it is deemed most convenient and sanitary by the family itself.
  • I speak of the UK. I think that's what they aim for but it really depends on the soil. I bought the plot For my Father who was buried in 1950 and the plot was never paid for. This gives me the right to be buried in the grave when my time comes. So I do hope there will be space for a second coffin.casket in the grave.

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