Re: Burial Customs #general

Joseph Hirschfield

Infants were often buried in an allocated section of a cemetery. The back
section represents the least expensive plots in many cemeteries (poor
families couldn't afford better locations). If the child came >from an
indigent family, the plot probably would be located in the least expensive
area of the cemetery.

Often the tombstones were small and made of inexpensive sandstone. Sandstone
doesn't withstand weather and crumbles over time, so there may have been
tombstones at one time that are no longer apparent now. For boys who died
before their brit milah (at eight days old) and girl infants before a baby
naming, the tombstone would read, for example "Baby Girl Goldberg."

Joe Hirschfield
Portage, MI

In a message dated 5/29/2016 12:22:11 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Gayle Schlissel Riley writes:
Earlier then 1930 my grandmother lost three sons, All are buried in the
back of the Jewish cemetery. With no tombstone. Why, no stone and in the
back of the cemetery? They had the RH factor, maybe not circumcised. My
father did not remember why in his later years but he did remember when
he joined the army. The burial was in an old Mt Sinai cemetery in L.A.

Can anyone help me understand why?

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