Cemeteries cater to the wealthy with luxurious plots

Buyers are decorating their future resting places with imported granite, bronze chandeliers and area rugs.

By Kim Peterson Aug 20, 2013 12:58PM
Johnny Ramone's grave at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, in Los Angeles, on September 29, 2008 (© Amy T. Zielinski/Getty Images)The cemetery industry is going upscale, offering stately mausoleums and other custom-built facilities to people shopping for the perfect final resting place.

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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Aug 20, 2013 1:37PM
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Never understood why you'd want to spend so much cash on stuff that you'll only use when you're dead - expensive caskets, mausoleums, vaults, etc...  Spending it and/or giving it away while you're still alive is so much more fun.
Aug 20, 2013 2:24PM
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People are greedy and self centered to the very end.
Aug 20, 2013 5:36PM
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I want my headstone to put up a holographic image of me if someone walks by at night.

Aug 20, 2013 5:00PM
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All I know is my spirit will go back to God when I breath my last breath.  I don't really care what they do with my shell of a body.
Aug 20, 2013 3:06PM
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My father-in-law was the stingiest person I have ever met.  The fact that all of his possessions are still here on earth is proof that you can't take it with you.
Aug 20, 2013 3:42PM
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So like is the hot tub to get the grandkids to visit more?
Aug 20, 2013 7:02PM
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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 .

Aug 20, 2013 2:33PM
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Looks like it's time to get into the grave robbing business...
Aug 20, 2013 4:59PM
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I don't care about material things now and I'm sure I'll care even less when I'm gone.  I've donated my body to medical science.  
Aug 20, 2013 5:20PM
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History repeats itself as the rich Egyptians built giant pyramids to themselves to lie in forever as an example.
Aug 20, 2013 7:06PM
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It is all for show.  The "elite" will like it and will show up on thier Hummers.  These are the same people who wouldn't visit their relatives in their nursing homes before they died. 
Aug 21, 2013 2:25AM
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Aug 20, 2013 5:54PM
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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!!

Aug 21, 2013 1:18PM
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So then is death the new life? No bills, just frills??
Aug 20, 2013 5:08PM
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F U MSN! WHY DIDN'T YOU PUT SOME REALLY RICH AHOLE'S GRAVE? JOHNNY RAMONE

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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