In a small parish cemetery in St. Rose, Illinois, people are buried chronologically.
In St. Rose Cemetery, tradition spanning several generations holds that the dead are buried in the order that they die.I think it would be far better to bury people alphabetically by surname, to make them easier to find.
“The way you drop is the way you flop,” says Tim Rehkemper, a 45-year-old member of the church committee that helps tend to the graveyard. “If something happened to me tomorrow and my wife would die three weeks later, there’d be somebody between us. That’s just the way it is, and I don’t see that changing in the foreseeable future.” [Link]