Can anyone help? I'm trying to find a grave for a great uncle who died as a baby. His name was Charles Louis Braem born December 12, 1910 in Nieuwerkerken, East Flanders, Belgium. Died June 6, 1911 in Wijk Pijpenbeek. I'm looking for the cemetery he would be buried. I'm traveling to this area in a couple weeks and would like to locate some family graves if they exist.
I'm also looking for graves for my great great grandparents Charles Lodewyk “Louis” Malfroid/Malfroy Charles died on May 8, 1922 in Nieuwerkerken Belgium and Virginia Hoebeeck who died on January 3, 1938 in Nieuwerkerken Belgium And my great great grandparents on the other side Juliana de Saedeleer died June 18, 1916 and JosephusBraem unknown date of death but was born December 19, 1839 and was still alive in 1908. Last know address was in Nieuwerkerken East Flanders for all of them. I can't seem to find any info about where to find them in any cemeteries. Can anyone help?
Graves are usually cleared after 100 years, not whole cemeteries. Nowadays people rent a grave for 10, 25, 50 or 100 years. So a grave gets cleared when the rent stops. Even graves that were bought are cleared after a certain period i think, but i'm not sure about that.
After the rent for the grave is expired what do they do with the body?
The bones can either be transferred to an ossuary or reburied in a collective pit - sometimes boxed to prevent the bones of different bodies getting mixed. The remains can also be cremated. Being from The Netherlands myself, I do not know if one method is more customary in Belgium than another. At least in The Netherlands, it is also possible to have indefinite rights to a grave, meaning that it will never be cleared, although exceptions may occur.