Burial of a loved one is seen as their final resting place where they will find peace and tranquillity. From time to time, due to varying circumstances, it may be necessary to move the remains of an individual from a grave. This process is called exhumation.
Exhumation in its simplest term means the removal from the ground of a body or cremated human remains. It also covers the disturbance of remains within a grave, particularly when a grave is re-opened for burial.
There are many applications per year to exhume human remains for varying reasons. These can be from personal family reasons to mass exhumations for town developments. To exhume human remains, you must first apply for an exhumation licence. There are two types of licence available for exhumation - a Bishops Faculty and a Home Office Licence. Normally you will either need one or the other, although there are certain circumstances where you may require both.