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YOU are a long time dead - but maybe not a long time buried any more. In Victoria, ''leasing'' a grave site could soon become an option.

The Victorian government is conducting a review of cemeteries, and with only eight metropolitan councils expected to have remaining grave plots by the end of 2035, many councils have already run out.

A spokeswoman for Health Minister David Davis said as part of the cemetery review ''issues relating to tenure will be considered''.

Russ Allison was in charge of Springvale Botanical Cemetery for more than a decade and said in Victoria once a grave site is purchased it is for perpetuity.

But in states such as South Australia no grave can be leased for more than 100 years and in some cemeteries it is 25 or 50 years.

''Once the lease runs out, if the family or descendants don't re-buy it, cemeteries can do what is called a lift and deepen. They can dig the grave again, remove the bones and place them in an ossuary or the bottom of the grave and they can re-sell the grave to a new family,'' he said.

The system has long been in use at the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, he said.

Mr Allison said there would be pressure on the state government to introduce lease arrangements in Victoria.

But he warned, ''it would be a brave government that makes it retrospective, because that would be a bit challenging: 'we have changed our minds and are going to dig up grandpa'.''

The first ever study into estimating the remaining capacity of Victorian cemeteries was completed this year by the Health Department and determined that ''within metropolitan Melbourne some LGAs [local government areas] no longer have any remaining capacity, and others will exhaust their capacity before 2035, some within the next two years''.

The report estimated 50 per cent of people in metropolitan areas and 30 per cent in rural areas chose cremation over burial.

Consideration of leasing grave sites in Victoria comes at time of major change for cemeteries with a shift towards making them more like parks.

''You want to create an environment where people are happy to pop in, where they will meet and have a cup of coffee or just spend recreational time if they want to go for a walk,'' Mr Allison said.

Mr Allison said several Melbourne cemeteries had some of the city's best gardens that were popular for wedding photographs.

''Seems a bit crazy, people laugh when you tell them,'' he said.

He said in Europe cemeteries could also be the local park.

Landscape architect Florence Jaquet said cemeteries were becoming more attractive places to visit and pointed to Western Australia's Pinnaroo cemetery, where kangaroos roam freely in a park-like setting.

Ms Jaquet said some cemeteries around the world were even doing away with gravestones and using GPS technology to locate burial sites.

Funerals and commemoration are also moving online.

Kerri Ward, from remembrance site Funeral Studio, predicts that within five years all funeral companies will be providing an online memorial service to complement traditional cemeteries and services.

She said relatives from interstate and overseas could view live feeds of services and contribute to online memorials with their own anecdotes and condolences before and after services.

''You can leave photos and give a story and the family is being exposed to photos and stories they have never seen before, so that is really helping with their grieving process,'' she said.

She said recording messages to be viewed after death was the ''natural progression of what is happening''.