Posthumous marriage (or necrogamy) is a marriage in which one of the participating members is deceased. It is legal in France and similar forms are practiced in China. Since World War I, France has had hundreds of requests each year, of which many have been accepted.
A few women were married by use of a proxy to soldiers that had died weeks earlier. This practice came to be called posthumous marriage. Posthumous marriage for civilians originated in the 1950s, when a dam broke and killed 400 people in Fréjus, France, including a man named Andre Capra, who was engaged to Irene Jodart. Jodart pleaded with French President Charles de Gaulle to let her go along with her marriage plans even though her fiance had died. She had support from the media and within months was allowed to marry her fiance. Posthumous marriage (un mariage posthume) was likely made as an extension to France's proxy marriage.