I have project-managed the exhumation of over 30,000 human remains in a wide variety of circumstances and for numerous different reasons. In addition to dealing with the legal and technical issues specific to each case or project, I deliver comprehensive exhumation services in association with Burial Ground Services and we can move any number of bodies anywhere to the satisfaction of the client and the Environmental Health Officer.
My clients are varied and numerous: I work directly for private individuals, local authorities, churches, the police, funeral directors, architects, archaeologists and construction companies.
The reasons for exhumation can be tremendously varied and my aim is to ensure that in all cases the work is undertaken in as professional a manner as possible.
Whether it concerns a single body or a site redevelopment, I can provide legal advice to the client and assist in obtaining the appropriate legal authority to undertake the work together with health and safety management to complete it safely.
If required I can provide a single point of contact and invoice for a wide range of services necessary to complete the work. This can include petitions for Church of England faculties, applications to the Ministry of Justice, liaison with all parties involved, preparation of documentation, provision of appropriate coffins/containers, reinterment, cremation or transport to any desired location including throughout the world.
In 1998 I wrote the ‘Exhumation Handbook’ for the Institute of Burial and Cremation Administration and later managed ‘Necropolis’, a specialist exhumation company. You may have seen me on TV in one of the programs listed under Diary.
Through my involvement in exhumations, I have enabled:
- Private individuals to gain peace
- Churches to better utilize their crypts or build extension into the churchyard
- Property developers to create new buildings on derelict burial grounds
- Police forces to investigate suspicious deaths and identify individuals
- Public transport to be improved
- Archaeologists to complete exhumation projects
- Scientists to access tissue for research