What if we buried our loved ones in our backyard?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

At work I'm currently imputing a report which records burials within the Maningrida township. The missionaries tried to start a cemetery in Maningrida in the 1960s but it never quite took. Instead, the deceased are buried next to their house. The photos are fascinating and bring forth more questions than they answer. Some people have flags marking their grave, others shade structures, others fake flowers – what denotes that which will mark your grave? Some of the graves are ‘temporary’ until they can be moved to outstations (smaller communities some distance from Maningrida, as was past practice). What makes you eligible to be moved to a ‘better’ burial place and what doesn’t? Are past mortuary practices incorporated within current burials?

Initially entering this made me quite sad, view the death toll of Maningrida each day, but today I came to the conclusion that maybe it would be nice to have such a close reminder of your loved ones. Travel to the cemetery wouldn’t be necessary, you could say hi each day. They’d literally always be with you. Obviously, given our overpopulated state of most other Australian townships this isn’t practical. Nor would it meet public health regulations, hence the Cemetery Act. And what would happen to people in apartments or places with no backyards? Automatic cremation?

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