Saving Graveyard Space to Accomodate More

by Savitha C Muppala on  December 10, 2009 at 3:53 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
 Saving Graveyard Space to Accomodate More
A funeral home in Australia is considering the idea of burying dead people vertically to enable more space.

The scheme, about to be launched in Melbourne, Australia, is being offered as a simple, natural and economical approach to burial.

The Melbourne company, Upright Burials, will place a corpse in a biodegradable bag and then lower the body feet first into a cylindrical hole about 30 inches in diameter and nine-and-a-half feet deep.

Upright Burials claims the scheme is a world first and that the method will produce far less carbon dioxide than a regular burial.

"When people have a traditional burial there is the process of manufacturing a coffin, which is often made out of wood or a man-made fibre, and there is regularly a plastic tray inside the coffin too," the Telegraph quoted Tony Dupleix, managing director, as saying.

The company hopes to bury between 30,000 and 40,000 people in a field two hours west of Melbourne, and when the land is full, it will be transferred back to pasture.

Rather than a headstone above each body, the company will simply inscribe the names of those buried on a memorial wall, and relatives will be given the exact location of their loved one.

The upright burials are set to cost 2750 dollars, a relative bargain, as the average Australian funeral costs more than 7000 dollars.

Source: ANI

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