Cemeteries cater to the wealthy with luxurious plots
Buyers are decorating their future resting places with imported granite, bronze chandeliers and area rugs.
In the past, luxurious cemetery plots were of interest mainly to the fabulously wealthy. Consider the beautiful mausoleum of philanthropist William Clark at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. It's in the photo at left behind the statue marking Johnny Ramone's grave.
But now, cemeteries are hoping these high-end resting places will have a broader appeal, particularly as baby boomers enter the age of estate planning, The Wall Street Journal reports.
One mausoleum being built in New Orleans for about $1.1 million is carved from pink granite shipped in from South Carolina, The Journal reports. It will also have bronze doors, a patio with picnic furniture and a view of a lagoon.
Some people are decorating their mausoleums with bronze statues, chandeliers, rugs and comfortable furniture. In the Philippines, some mausoleums have kitchens and hot tubs, The Journal reports.
Why all of the attention? Some experts tell The Journal that baby boomers want to make a statement, and that these mausoleums could get even more whimsical in the future. These facilities can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, but buyers are eager to leave their final mark on the world and go out not with a whimper, but a bang.
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I want my headstone to put up a holographic image of me if someone walks by at night.
It seems like everyone caters to the wealthy ! The media , people in general , make idols out of them , they become god like . The people are fascinated with "idol shows" , and reality shows . After awhile these "gods" actually believe that they are "gods" , and can do no wrong , and aren't accountable for what they do or say . There is not a day that goes by were an article is written about some "star athlete" , "movie star" , "celebrity" , who lies , cheats , is greedy , and just in denial about their life . It's just amazes me that we put up with this B.S. Well I don't anyways . I would never spend a cent watching , or wasting my time with these people .
Kitchen and hot tubs? Hope the dearly departed don't eat a big meal and get into the hot tub.
They might have heart failure!!
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IS A ROCK LEGEND AND HIS FRIENDS PAID FOR HIS STATUE! I'VE BEEN THERE IT LOOKS
MUCH BIGGER IN THE PICTURE BUT IT'S NOT THAT BIG. JOHNNY RAMONE STRUGGLED
ALL HIS LIFE PLAYING MUSIC TO DEDICATED FANS! HE DIDN'T HAVE MILLION SELLING
ALBUMS! HE WORKED HARD UNLIKE MOST NO TALENT PIECES OF CRAP TODAY! DO
SOME FING RESEARCH BEFORE YOU BLAST SOMEBODY YOU FING BIAS LIBERALS!
JOHNNY RAMONE WAS A REAL AMERICAN HERO AND CONSERVATIVE! HEY HO LET'S GO!
LOOK AT THE MASSIVE WHITE THING BEHIND HIM? DIDN'T THE REPORTER SEE THAT?
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