Residential growth around Chicago and many other places in the United States has squeezed older cemeteries to the point where there's no place left for the newly deceased. At the Lake Zurich cemetery, homes on three sides of the cemetery have severely limited the number of plots available. Many cemeteries in the region will simply run out of space in a few years. Some have already started selling stacked plots, literally stacking coffins on top of each other. The head of the International Cemetery and Funeral Association, Bob Fells, told Chicago Tribune reporters “the clock is ticking” and that half of the country's 100,000 graveyards no longer sell plots or allow burials.
Source: Chicago Tribune
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