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Most of the major cemeteries in Australian cities, including Sydney’s Waverley Cemetery, date back to the 1800s. Kate Ryan

Housing the dead: what happens when a city runs out of space?

Most big city cemeteries in Australia date back to the 1800s, so we need to consider our burial options before we reach the point when the number of deaths exceeds the available cemetery plots.
It’s green – but is it good for the environment? Ioan Sameli

Live long, die green and leave a biodegradable corpse

My mother died recently and at the funeral home I was asked if I had any ideas what kind of coffin she would like. For some reason I said something environmentally friendly. These words came out of my…
Space can be at a premium in cemeteries … and when it runs out, reusing old graves is an option. William Murphy/Flickr

Losing the plot: death is permanent, but your grave isn’t

Headstones at the Dudley Park cemetery in Payneham, South Australia, were recently bulldozed as part of the ongoing “recycling” of more than 400 graves. Some people were shocked to realise that gravesites…

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