My original post got lost. Here it is again:
Yesterday, I was at a funeral for a distant, elderly relative of my wife whom I never met before. Since I hardly knew anyone my mind began to wander at the gravesite. . .
My question: The grave site was in a very crowded cemetery, and the deceased’s grave was being buried next to her husband, whom was buried years before. How do gravediggers know exactly where to dig a fresh grave? It seems to me a slight miscalculation could cause the back hoe to rip into an older crypt – which would be quite embarrassing and horrific for family members.
I can understand that in newer cemeteries, they might have precise measuring of plots. But in older cemeteries – where one person is buried say, in 1931 and the one next to it is buried this year, how do they know where to dig?
A morbid question, I know, but it is almost Halloween. . .