A cemetery is a place in which dead
Death is the permanent termination of the biological functions that sustain a living organism. Phenomena which commonly bring about death include old age, predation, malnutrition, disease, and accidents or trauma resulting in terminal injury....

With regard to living things, a body is the physical body of an individual. "Body" often is used in connection with appearance, health issues and death...

 and cremated remains
Cremation is the process of reducing bodies to basic chemical compounds such as gasses and bone fragments. This is accomplished through high-temperature burning, vaporization and oxidation....

 are buried
Burial is the act of placing a person or object into the ground. This is accomplished by excavating a pit or trench, placing an object in it, and covering it over.-History:...

. The term "cemetery" (from Greek
Greek language
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 κοιμητήριον: sleeping place) implies that the land is specifically designated as a burying ground. Cemeteries in the Western world
Western world
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 are where the final ceremonies of death are observed. These ceremonies or rite
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s differ according to cultural
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 practice and religious
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The Oxford English Dictionary
Oxford English Dictionary
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 defines a cemetery as a "burial-ground generally; now esp.