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van der Laan, S. & Moerman, L. C. (2017). An Investigation of Death Care and the Funeral Industry in Australia. Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney.

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This research provides information to enable a comprehensive understanding of the funeral industry in Australia and the drivers of costs and prices for funerals in the current regulatory environment. Given recent criticisms of increasing concentration in the industry and predatory pricing and marketing in an environment where consumers are vulnerable, this research project highlights the historical, regulatory, cultural and social context of death-care to allow an exploration of the opportunities and challenges for consumers of death-care services and the funeral industry in Australia.

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