What is an exhumation?
'Exhumation' means to remove human remains from the ground (either a body or cremated remains).
You can exhume a body for a number of reasons:
- Moving from one grave site to another
- Sending for cremation
- Deepen an existing grave for further burials
You can download the exhumation licence application form if the ground of the grave are non-consecrated.
If the grounds are consecrated a petition to exhume the remains will need to be completed and this can be applied for from the Diocese of Merseyside.
However, in both cases, for more information about exhuming a body at St Helens or Newton-le-Willows Cemetery, please contact the Bereavement Services team for guidance.