A Reform rabbi is encouraging couples to consider being buried on top of each other in single graves to save money and space in cemeteries. Rabbi Ian Morris, of Sinai Reform Synagogue in Leeds, suggested the idea in the latest edition of his newsletter, Sinai Chronicle, arguing that double-depth burials were a “much more efficient form of land utilisation” that considerably extended the life of a cemetery.
Morris said this measure should be now offered in spaces for exclusively Jewish couples, as it had several advantages. “Historically, the norm is to reserve the plot next door when the first partner dies. I’m saying, move away from side-by-side burials. There is shortage of cemetery space everywhere.
He stressed that double-depth burials were not “un-Jewish” and that they were routine for certain sections of the Jewish community. “While it is historically rarer amongst the Ashkenazim, the Sephardim have been at ease with the practice for a very long time.”
(Source: The Guardian UK)