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Mary Richardson Kennedy's Remains Dug Up and Moved

We promised you that the battle over Mary Richardson Kennedy would rage on.

Now, her remains have been been exhumed and she’s been buried elsewhere, reports The Associated Press.

You heard right. She’s been dug up and moved.

It's been seven weeks since Mary Richardson Kennedy was found dead in her New York home, a victim of suicide.

Initially, Kennedy was buried near her estranged husband's aunt and uncle, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver.

Then came the first request for reburial from her estranged husband, Robert Kennedy Jr. According to the AP, he asked that Mary Kennedy be moved to a hilltop in the Hyannnisport cemetery where her body lay.

Now, she's been reburied 700 feet from her original grave, reports Reuters.

Mary's final resting spot was a contentious point in the early battle over her estate. If you recall, her family members went to court shortly after her death to fight for her burial location. Kennedy family members wanted Mary buried near the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport while Richardson family members wanted Mary buried at a location of their choosing.

The Richardson family lost that battle. They didn't attend the funeral but organized a private tribute to Mary in Manhattan.

There is no word on what Mary Kennedy's burial wishes were and details on her will have yet to be made public. But her story underscores the importance of funeral planning and having one's wishes drafted in writing.

While a will is generally seen as an appropriate place to put funeral wishes, is it really the smartest place to put those requests? After all, if you think about it, a will isn't always read (or even located) at the time of a person's death.

Funeral and burial wishes can be written down in many forms, but a smart place to put one's funeral wishes is as written instructions to the executor and loved ones, at the time the estate plan is created.

Funeral wishes can state whether or not you want your remains buried or cremated, where you would like your remains disposed and even religious specifications on your funeral.

Unfortunately for Mary Richardson Kennedy, her wishes weren't clear and her grieving family members spent the days after her death sitting in courtrooms, arguing over her remains.

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