# Talk:Cemetery

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## Ossuaries

The article states that from the 7th to the late 18th century, in Europe, bodies were buried in a mass grave until they had decomposed. The bones were then exhumed and stored in ossuaries. I am not aware of this practice being the normal practice in England. Certainly there are many examples of individual and family graves that date back to the mediaeval period, but I've never seen an English ossuary! Bluewave 08:25, 17 October 2005 (UTC)

According to the BBC at least one such ossuary exists in England. "In Britain the practice is unusual although Holy Trinity Church in Rothwell near Northampton has an ossuary in its crypt.[1]" Rainman420 07:56, 9 April 2006 (UTC)

## Morbid

It's a rather morbid thought, but does Wikipedia have a graveyard? There are rather a lot of us editors out there, and sooner or later we'll all be joining the "choir invisible" (statistically it must happen relatively frequently). Has there been any movement to create a virtual graveyard for editors forced through circumstances outside their control to confine their edits (or not) to the "Wikicrypt"? Personally, I'm in rude health, but the thought just occurred to me that there might be a need for such a place. That, and I imagine there'll be some quality comedy tombstone inscriptions. --Plumbago 15:00, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

Yo, I was touring a cemetary today and thinking the same thing… in general, people don't put that much creativity into inscriptions, and I doubt they'd suddenly do so much more just because of the existence of wiki software. But yeah, same idea, so weird… — $\sim$ Lenoxus " * " 21:52, 24 March 2007 (UTC)

## Cemetery vs. Graveyard

I was in Boston, visiting Ben Franklin's grave, and the guide introduced me to the distinction between graveyard and cemetery, but I forgot what it was. Looking at this page, it seems that a cemetery is NOT attached to a church, while a graveyard is. If this is the case, it seems that perhaps Graveyard should have its own page, rather than redirecting here. Actually, it seems to me that a graveyard should really be a form of cemetery (or vice versa) or there should be another word that includes both, but I am not in charge of the language. I am also not the person to write a page on graveyards, as I know little about the issue, so I am putting a comment here.--Chinawhitecotton 19:00, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

I doubt that you were visiting Ben Franklin's grave in Boston--Ben Franklin, of course, was from Pennsylvania and was burried there. More to the point, though: if you know which cemetary you were in (Perhaps by King's Chapel on Tremont or on the other side of the street where John Hancock et. al. are burried?) I could take a look and upload a picture. Billiam1185 (talk) 03:35, 14 December 2013 (UTC)

## Graveyard as seperate entry

A cemetery, a graveyard and a churchyard are often confused with eachother and many people think they are the same thing or very similiar to eachother. In reality, they are 3 completely seperate things with 3 different definitions. This is why I haved expanded 3 seperate wiki articles. Amorfati00 20:45, 22 July 2007 (UTC)

You did not include any references with your statements. Every dictionary (two below and 7 online) that I have checked placed cemeteries and graveyards as synonymous with one another.

Examples:

1. Websters New Thesaurus
1. graveyard n syn SEE cemetery
2. cemetery n a piece of land used for burying the dead syn boneyard, boothill, burial ground, burying ground, God's acre, graveyard, memorial park, necropolis, polyandrium, potter's field rel churchyard, catacomb idiom city of the dead
2. The Oxford American Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus
1. graveyard n burial ground syn churchyard, cemetery, potter's field, boneyard
2. cemetery n burial ground SEE graveyard

In order for these statements to remain in the articles they need to have verifiable references.Altairisfar 06:47, 13 October 2007 (UTC)

I was told the distinction was that a graveyard in the churchyard (next to a church), where a cemetery is on it's own. Quick search seems to say similar.[2][3][4] I don't think a separate article is appropriate, but the distinction should be mentioned, perhaps in the lead where we say they are used interchangeably. Morphh (talk) 22:49, 14 December 2013 (UTC)

## Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven

Isn't the Grove Street Cemetery older than the famous paris cemetery. The article claims the latter is the oldest, but I think that is incorrect. I'm not an expert, though.

97.81.97.220 03:08, 22 October 2007 (UTC)

## spagnolo

&cementerio; —Preceding unsigned comment added by 201.201.1.162 (talk) 05:57, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

## Environmental strain

Perhaps a section can state the environmental strain of cemetaries. For example they take up ever more space (in a more and more filling world and clogging cities) and they consume allot of resources and eliminate resources from being used circularly (wood and iron for coffins get buried -which is wasteful-) and the minerals, ... of the bodies are not given back to the earth (thus to crops which allow other people -living ones- of feeding themselves) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 91.182.175.118 (talk) 15:42, 9 June 2009 (UTC)

## "Definition"?

The "definition" section, dealing ONLY with "churchyard," is not only out of place where it occurs, but has nothing to do with the definition of "cemetery." It should be removed. 70.153.159.70 (talk) 15:48, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

I have put in the OED definition for cemetery. --PBS (talk) 10:40, 4 August 2009 (UTC)

The definitions of graveyard and cemetery are more or less the same.71.219.129.1 (talk) 22:02, 14 April 2013 (UTC)