Now I’ve got a real question for my readers. When I walk through German cemeteries, there is always a section for "anonymous graves," and almost every funeral home offers anonymous burials. As this article on German funeral customs explains: "many people choose an anonymous grave with no headstone (something that’s found in Germany’s European neighbors but virtually unknown in North America)." According to the same article, 27 percent of the burials in Hamburg are anonymous.
My question to my German readers, and to everyone else who might have an answer, is:
1. What’s the typical profile of someone who is buried anonymously?
2. Presumably you would have to arrange this before you die; how do you accomplish that?
3. Most importantly, why would you choose to be buried anonymously?
I’m sure I’m not the only expat who’s asked himself these questions. Any answers would be much appreciated.