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megimoo
11-20-2008, 05:49 PM
Darlington will have Australia's first vertical cemetery

People who choose a vertical burial will be placed in biodegradable shrouds and buried in cylindrical holes feet first.

The plan to bury people upright has its critics in the funeral industry, with some claiming the practice is disrespectful to the dead.

UP to 100 Victorians have registered their interest in being buried standing up at Australia's first vertical cemetery, due to open in January.

Planning permits for vertical burials at a Darlington cemetery in western Victoria were issued in 2005 but project delays have meant no one has yet been buried in the unconventional way.

"We're in the process of manufacturing some of the equipment we need," said Tony Dupleix, director of Palacom funeral services, which will conduct the vertical burials.

"There are about 100 people who have registered their interest (in being buried vertically), mainly from Melbourne."

People who choose a vertical burial will be placed in biodegradable shrouds and buried in cylindrical holes feet first.

Mr Dupleix said people were interested in the option because of the lower cost - about $2000 compared with about $7000 for a conventional burial - and for space-saving and environmental reasons.


Graeme of Croydon "At this stage we anticipate we'll start in January," he said.

Planning Minister Rob Hulls approved vertical burials in 2005.


Palacom hopes to cater for 40,000 bodies at a 4ha vertical cemetery near Darlington in western Victoria.
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,24683966-1243,00.html