Exhuming a deceased body

Exhuming a deceased body

All enquiries regarding exhumation should initially be made to a funeral director who will liaise with us and obtain the necessary documents for completion.

In most cases a Ministry of Justice licence will be required. If the person is buried in consecrated grounds, the church must give permission for it to be exhumed in the form of a Faculty.

The table below sets out the Authority requirements.

FromToAuthority required
Removal of remains from consecrated groundTo a different grave plot that is also consecratedFaculty
Removal of remains from consecrated groundRe-interring in exactly the same graveFaculty + MOJ licence
Removal of remains from consecrated groundTo unconsecrated groundFaculty + MOJ licence
Removal of remains from unconsecrated groundTo consecrated or unconsecrated ground, or reinterment in the same graveMOJ licence

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