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05-12-2018, 08:16   #31
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Dug a grave for a dog and accidentally killed two fish while doing it. That was not a nice morning.
Is that you spongebob?
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Still done in my area by friends and neighbours. Sometimes one of the family members will come down for a chat.
Maybe just a country thing nowadays?
When I go in a few years I'd like to think my friends will dig mine, tell a few stories and have a bit of a laugh
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Never dug a grave but i did dig a huge bamboo plant up for the folks last weekend which the roots went on for miles in the depths of the earths core (it felt) and my fairy soft hands are still blistered
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Decent money for it.

I know a couple of lads digging graves, €350 a grave, €400 if it’s particularly hard.

Two work along with busy local undertaker and could 4-6 a week depending on how brisk business is. Plus neighbors of the deceased often come to help which lightens the workload. I’ve seen maybe 6 lads helping yet they still get paid.

Tighter older rural graveyards need to be dug by hand.
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Dug a grave for a dog and accidentally killed two fish while doing it. That was not a nice morning.
How could you accidentally kill two fish while digging a grave?
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I was the official grave-digger for Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, USA for about 2 months in the summer of 1989. There was absolutely no mechanical equipment allowed in the cemetery so the graves had to be dug by shovel. Luckily, MV is a small island so everywhere was mostly sand and it was an easy 2-hour dig for a six-foot deep grave. Got $50 cash for each hole plus (usually) a decent tip from the bereaved family.

Best job I ever had; only problem was people were not dying regularly enough on the island (only dug 6 graves in 2 months!) and I had to do less appealing jobs (painting, carpentry etc.) to make a living. Never had to do it in the winter, mind, which may have been a tougher proposition.

I was also the official vermin controller of the area, which mainly consisted of trapping and drowning raccoons and skunks. Another wonderful job which paid well but not regularly enough. Happy times!
That's when you need to become the official town serial killer. Increase the body count a bit.
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Yes, it's not a job I'm good at but something I fell into.

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Yes, it's not a job I'm good at but something I feel into.
I assume you mean "fell into".
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I assume you mean "fell into".
Ah, yes!
I've let myself down...
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Bad luck? Where'd you hear that?
Never heard that it was bad luck but if the plot has had previous burials there's a chance that they could be stumbled open when digging a new grave.

There's some fierce stories in my town of this type of thing happening. I think something like that would tramatise me beyond belief.
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Get the guy to dig the grave before ya kill him . They are very keen to dig it very deep ! ! !
After, like others in the thread, digging one for a dog, I've decided that if I'm ever in the situation like the movie cliche, I'll just say **** it, shoot me, I'm not digging a hole big enough for a human.
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At my grandmother's funeral in a very old graveyard, there were at least 4 skulls and many bones visible on the soil heap dug from the grave. My mother and her sister were trying to identify their relations from the skulls, not a bother on them.
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At my grandmother's funeral in a very old graveyard, there were at least 4 skulls and many bones visible on the soil heap dug from the grave. My mother and her sister were trying to identify their relations from the skulls, not a bother on them.
That never dawned on me until my uncle's funeral about 15 years ago. Went to inspect the grave digging with my Dad and asked him what the bag was on top of the pile of soil. Bag of bones.

A lot to be said for cremation imo.
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The ones we had in FAS had.
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Never dug a grave but i did dig a huge bamboo plant up for the folks last weekend which the roots went on for miles in the depths of the earths core (it felt) and my fairy soft hands are still blistered
The sort of thankless task where you are asked "what kept ya?".
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