Learn about the part Parliament has played in the way society deals with issues associated with death.

Body snatching

The dead and buried have not always been allowed to rest in peace, and Parliament has had to deal with some unpleasant practices

Burying the dead

Parliament has affected the manner and place in which the dead are buried


At the beginning of the 20th century Parliament authorised a new method for disposal of the dead

Investigating death

For centuries, coroners have investigated cases of sudden, unexpected or unnatural death and over that time, Parliament has continued to reform coronial law.

Recording and registering death

Parliament legislated for official registration of death in the 19th century

A shortage of space

In the 19th century Parliament addressed the problem of a shortage of burial space but shortage of space remains an issue

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