Date: 2013-07-25 07:38 pm (UTC)
rainbow: my own painting of a rainbow striped pair of wings forming a heart (Default)
From: [personal profile] rainbow
Oh, if she was the first one, then yes, it may have taken time to get a plot if money was an issue.

She might have had a temporary grave and been reburied in the cemetery as soon as they were able to. Either someone else's plot at a cemetery, at a home cemetery, or even on their own property. Safer and easier than trying to preserve the body above ground, I'd think.

Or her body could have been packed in ice or salt to retard decomposition--but the temporary grave seems more likely.

Did her family live in town or rurally? In town there may have been laws against graves on the property (or there may not have been; it depends on the size of the lot, the size of the town, etc), but rurally it might not have been a major problem.
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