Of laws, and the need for.

Re: the recent discovery that workers at a south suburban Chicago cemetery had dug up bodies and re-sold the graves, Chicago’s public radio station, WBEZ, just informed me that “Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes and the head of the national Funeral Consumers Alliance told [US House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection] members that cemetery laws are inconsistent and lacking.”

Here’s a consistent law for you: DON’T DIG UP PEOPLE’S GRAVES AND RE-SELL THE PLOTS!

Oyoy. If the laws are, in fact, “inconsistent and lacking,” well then, by all means, that should be cleared up. But honestly? Why does any human being on earth need “don’t dig up people’s graves and re-sell the plots” written into law?

I swear to God, some news items just drain me of all my sunny optimism….


  1. Burial laws in Illinois ARE vague and inconsistent!

    I know because I researched them for my book! My characters have to dig up some remains in a basement and give them a semi-proper secret burial on the property.

    No doubt you or someone you know has had a similar situation 😀

  2. dianersb

     /  July 28, 2009

    It shouldn’t matter if the laws are inconsistent. It’s called common human decency. However, I sometimes think that it’s a notion that people are all too quick to discard when it comes down to the pursuit of the almighty dollar.

  3. lilbobbytables

     /  July 28, 2009

    There are a lot of things that should not have to be law. For example, in the neighboring state, a man was caught having sex with a dead deer on the side of a highway (D:, right?), but if I recall correctly, he was either charged with a misdemeanor or let go. I would google for more info, but I am at work and think that googling dead deer sex would be a red flag for IT. But yes, he was not charged for something more serious, because WHO THE HECK WOULD THINK THAT SOMEONE WOULD HAVE SEX WITH A DEAD DEER ON THE SIDE OF A HIGHWAY??