Death touches everyone at some stage during their lives, and usually more than once.
It also triggers certain laws around what happens to the body after death – and some glaring omissions.
1. Corpse disposal – the basics
Respect for the dead and protecting public health make burial or cremation an urgent task when someone dies. Certain aspects are heavily regulated – such as the minimum depth of graves, the siting and management of burial grounds and crematoria – but there are comparatively few laws governing actual bodily disposal. For example, there are no set time limits for disposing of the dead.