From an article in the Mordialloc Chelsea Leader: Cheltenham Cemetery manager Tim Beasley, who also manages the Brighton General Cemetery, said plots and crypts were in strong demand. “We are looking at developing a small section of the Brighton cemetery for lawn graves,” he said. A monumental grave costs up to $28,000, while a mausoleum crypt costs up to $40,000.

There are 17 families currently on the waiting list for crypts at Cheltenham.

Ron Ryan of Kingston Funerals said the cost of graves made cremation a more cost-effective option, with 80 per cent of families now opting to cremate their loved ones.

The full story is in the Mordialloc Chelsea Reader, which also invites its readers to respond if they are concerned about the high cost of dying.