This is also supposed
to be a picture of the cemetery in Grossropperhousen.
Sad thing with German
cemeteries, you do not own your plot it is rented, as long as someone plays for
the space you stay there. But no payment then the body is removed and the plot
re-used. I never asked what happens to the remains... I'll try to find
Don from the Hessian
Mailing List at rootsweb.com wrote an explanation:
The old remains
usually go to a charnel house or to a basement of a church. Under the floor of
St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, there are thousands of bones disinterred from
Catholic cemeteries in the diocese. Sometimes the old bones (skulls) are
carefully marked with a number identifying the deceased and placed artfully in a
church basement/crypt. I suddenly came nose to nose with some of these in the
dark in an old church crypt. It's very systematic in the Germanic countries.