Time Between Death and Burial

While 88.9% of Full Burials take place within 3-5 days of the death, the gap between death and the interment of Cremated Remains is generally longer. 24.85% of them were disposed of between 10 and 19 days after death but 57.76% were kept for longer periods, up to, in one exceptional case, for nearly 37 years! These was the ashes of a lady who died in New Zealand but had to wait all that time before she was re-united with her husband in York Cemetery.

The usual reason for a long delay of a Full Burial is that the person concerned was drowned and the body not recovered for some time. The longest delay for this reason occurred in 1892 when the body of a man who disappeared in December 1891 was found in the sandbank at Queen’s Staithe over 11 months later. Exhumations from another burial place and reburial in York Cemetery account for the remainder of the apparently long delays. While the Cemetery Registers show the original death date they do not record the earlier interment, which, in one case, was 33 years previously.

Days Full Burial Cremated Remains
 0 220 0
 1 3657 1
 2 28429 1
 3 52888 4
 4 27444 20
 5 6439 18
 6 1510 20
 7 533 37
 8 254 24
 9 160 26
10-19 358 219
20-29 42 98
30-39 20 54
40-49 7 30
50-59 1 30
60-69 4 27
70-79 6 14
80-89 2 20
90-99 1 17
100-199 9 92
200-299 2 38
300-365 2 18
     
Years Full Burial Cremated Remains
1-2 0 23
2-3 1 8
3-4 0 6
4-5 0 6
5-6 1 3
6-7 0 5
7-8 1 1
8-9 1 0
9-10 0 2
10-19 0 9
20-29 0 5
30-39 1 1