Request an exhumation
The death of a loved one is an emotional and difficult time for family and friends of the deceased. Unfortunately in rare occasions it is necessary for the remains of the deceased person to be removed from the grave.
Some of the reasons why exhumation can happen are;
- The family request to remove the remains to a different plot in the same cemetery or a different cemetery altogether
- The family request to repatriate the remains overseas
- The family request to cremate the remains
- A court order requires the remains to be exhumed for forensic examination.
In accordance with the Burial Act 1857, it is a criminal offence to exhume or disturb remains without first holding the appropriate license. These controls were introduced to prevent ‘grave robbing’ and to protect public health.
Before an exhumation is carried out, you must apply for a license. Further information is provided below on the different types of licenses. Alternatively you can contact your cemetery bereavement officer for further information on the appropriate licenses and permits required.