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Can an atheist be buried in consecrated ground?

graveyard.jpgQuestion

When an atheist dies, do they still have a burial involving a priest in a graveyard on consecrated ground?
Carl, Leyton

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Nigel, Maida Vale
Qualification: 18 years as an undertaker
Answer: Council cemeteries are multi-faith and have consecrated sections within for different religions. If you’re an atheist – or humanist as they like to be called - then they just bury you wherever they can fit you in. You can be buried anywhere, including your garden, as long as you’re not near any water-courses and are far enough from your neighbours.