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In countries around the world, many communities face a distressing problem: They are running out of graveyard space.

Cremation and traditional funeral rites such as sky burials have made a difference in some countries, but others wrestle with the dilemma: Do you give each person a plot of land for all of eternity or do you leave that land for the living and their descendants to live on or grow food upon? While there are currently nearly 8 billion people alive on earth, the dead still vastly outnumber the living.

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