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BURIAL. The act of interring the dead.
     2. No burial is lawful unless made in conformity with the local regulations; an when a dead body has been found, it cannot be lawfully buried until the coroner has holden an inquest over it. In England. it is the practice for coroners to issue warrants to bury, after a view. 2 Umf. Lex. Coron. 497, 498.

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The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner.
A day or two before the burial - I think it was a day or two before, but I am conscious of confusion in my mind about that heavy time, with nothing to mark its progress - she took me into the room.
There was a pauper's burial that week in Raveloe, and up Kench Yard at Batherley it was known that the dark-haired woman with the fair child, who had lately come to lodge there, was gone away again.
It was a man's face--the face of a dead man, of Noma, whom I had killed and who had been laid in my hut to await burial.
Bit hardly had day begun to show itself through the balconies of the east, when five of the six goatherds came to rouse Don Quixote and tell him that if he was still of a mind to go and see the famous burial of Chrysostom they would bear him company.
Then I returned through the pine wood, neck-high with red weed here and there, to find the landlord of the Spotted Dog had already found burial, and so came home past the College Arms.
Some minutes after, the superior of the convent sent to inform the Musketeers that the burial would take place at midday.
Before them went the priest, reading the burial service, while the leaves of his book were rustling in the breeze.
And so the field became the first burial ground in Boston.
My cold berth would swallow up like a chilly burial niche my bodily shivers and my mental excitement.
let the burial rite be read - the funeral song be sung
Before you is a marble slab, which covers the Stone of Unction, whereon the Saviour's body was laid to prepare it for burial.