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This is part four of Preying on Grief, Crikey’s four-part investigation of the funeral industry. Read part three here.

With space running out in metropolitan cemeteries across Australia, there's a growing concern around who owns the remaining grave space -- and what they'll be able to charge once they own the only remaining plots.

The two biggest funeral providers in Australia are ASX-listed companies which account for one-third of the entire market, and the lack of competition could mean consumers are priced out of funerals or forced to pay for services they don’t want or need.