Posted on 03/05/2021 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We’re not terribly familiar with the logistics of burials in the United States, where we live, let alone those of other countries.

So our recent discovery that a British woman has requested to be buried near poet Sylvia Plath was interesting on multiple levels.

Literary Hub tells us that the Burial Act of 1853 specifies the criteria for any person to be buried in a certain cemetery, but that you can appeal for the right if you don’t already qualify.

Thus a woman living in Oxfordshire had to ask — but received permission — to be buried in St. Thomas’s Cemetery in Heptonstall, Yorkshire, along with Plath.

Lit Hub has some colorful commentary on the matter, along with a link to original reporting.

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