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space excavated in the earth or rock for the burial of a corpse. When a grave is marked by a protective or memorial structure it is often referred to as a tombtomb,
vault or chamber constructed either partly or entirely above ground as a place of interment. Although it is often used as a synonym for grave, the word is derived from the Greek tymbos [burial ground]. It may also designate a memorial shrine erected above a grave.
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. See burialburial,
disposal of a corpse in a grave or tomb. The first evidence of deliberate burial was found in European caves of the Paleolithic period. Prehistoric discoveries include both individual and communal burials, the latter indicating that pits or ossuaries were unsealed for
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; funeral customsfuneral customs,
rituals surrounding the death of a human being and the subsequent disposition of the corpse. Such rites may serve to mark the passage of a person from life into death, to secure the welfare of the dead, to comfort the living, and to protect the living from the
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What does it mean when you dream about a grave?

Graves often represent the end of the line, the end or “death” of something, rather than literal death. They also suggest grave issues that require depth of thought and contemplation before making a decision. Because of their underworld connotations, graves can indicate the realm of the unconscious. (See also Burial, Coffin, Crypt, Dead/Death, Hearse).

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(of colours) sober or dull


Music to be performed in a solemn manner
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Graves are generally depressing and represent some form of death. On a very physical level this dream does not appear to be a very happy omen. However, the dream could also have deeper and more spiritual meaning. It could represent things that require deep thinking and are not “on the surface.” Graves could also symbolize the unconscious. If someone close to you has recently died, it may be normal for you to have dreams about graveyards and death. However, if this dream is coming up and there has been no death in the family, consider your feelings in daily life. If you are feeling depressed or helpless in any way, “look inside” and make attempts to increase your self-awareness and your spiritual identity.
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According to Fatah, his father was a gravedigger from 1930 to 1974 and also prepared the graves for Liaquat Ali Khan, Fatima Jinnah, Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar, I I Chundrigar, Muhammad Hussain Suharwardy, Chaudhry Abdul Mateen, Sir Abdul Haroon, Qazi Khuda Bakhsh, Baba-e-Urdu Maulvi Abdul Haq, Yousuf Shah Ghazi, Abdul Rehman Kanch Qawwal and Muhammad Hashim Gazdar.
"I was walking past a graveyard one day and saw a gravedigger whistling away, obviously happy in his work.
Aggrieved by the death of her own granrents, Mahnoor Zaidi Zaidi, a 24-year-old, chose to conduct a character study of a gravedigger, and later produced a film on it.
The 49-year-old, who runs DTH Burial and Churchyard Services, was named UK Gravedigger of the Year at the Good Funeral Awards held at London's posh Porchester Hall.
In a plain black wife beater top (and dark denim jeans), Carter and the rest of the group continued to kill the stage with "Naysayer," "Youth is Wasted on the Young," "These Colours Don't Run," "The Distant Blue," and "Gravedigger," among five others.
Since her father was a gravedigger, she had spent many childhood hours playing in graveyards, watching funerals, and hearing her mother tell detailed stories about past suicides, murders, and other tragedies that were part of their small town's history.
Appealing, Bowen's barrister James Evans argued that the 16-month sen-tence was too long and, if it had been shorter, it could have been suspen-ded.Bowen had a good work record, having been a council gravedigger for about eight years, with a "glowing" reference from the cemetery boss.
Mark Antoniotti is a "gravedigger," but he doesn't work at a typical cemetery.
In the classic movie Magnificent 7 (1960), the gravedigger of a small town in the Wild West has a problem.