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Friday, April 21st, 2006, 06:56 PM
The desire that, after death, the heart should be buried - and perhaps even live on - in a place that had a special meaning for the deceased or that he had been especially fond of - led to the curious practice of separate heart burial.

The earliest accounts of this funeral custom were a mixture of fact and fiction, the first evidence dates from the 11th century A.D. From then on it was above all the rich, the powerful and the high dignitaries of the church in Europe, and in the 19th and 20th centuries artists, writers, romantics and celebrities who provided for a separate burial of their heart.