- Dec 06, 2012
Funeral plan management got you down when it brings you to see the price tag involved? For those suffering from the prospect of funeral planning for an expensive funeral, consider some of the world’s most incredibly expensive ways to honor the deceased. It’s incredibly unlikely that you were actually considering any of these options, but seeing how other peoples and cultures put on funeral ceremonies could provide some interesting food for thought and new perspectives on how we do it over here.
Gold, Gold and then Some More Gold
Considering how much it’d cost to have a body buried in a solid gold sarcophagus, then have that sarcophagus encased in a dense gold casket then have that big burrito of gold and remains transported by a carriage that’s also made of, you guessed it, pure gold? Alexander the Great had his lifeless body encased as such but probably didn’t consider it much, but why would the conqueror of the near entirety of the known world have to worry about such trivial things as half a billion dollars after he died?
Experts speculate that the price of a funeral like this would register at about $600 million today, not to mention the two years of planning. Personally, I think if you can afford that much on a gold sarcophagus, you should think about sending at least a few dollars to charity.
A Plot near Marilyn Monroe
We talked about this a bit in the last two posts on expensive and inexpensive funerals, but now let’s look at it as an option for the consumer.
If you love Monroe as much as the likes of Hugh Heffner, consider dropping over a million dollars for the honor of taking a plot adjacent to hers. Someone actually bid over $4 million for one, won the plot and then realised it was a lot of money and recanted.
Get Buried in Japan
The Japanese funeral industry is notorious for hiking prices for funerals seemingly without scruples.
While it’s quite common for our traditional funerals to run into four figures, the average Japanese funeral jumps up to five. This may in part deal with the limited burial space for the incredibly high population and its unfavorable ratio or the high cost of living (and thus, dying) in cities like Tokyo, but the fact of the matter is it’s just really expensive to have even an average funeral in an already famously expensive country.
Want to live forever? While we just don’t have any hint of a notion as to how to pull off regeneration today, it’ll cost you well over $100,000 dollars to even get an outside shot at it through soliciting the help of scientists of the future.
By having your brain and/or body frozen by experts for six figures, you allow the chance that one day scientists will figure out how to bring people back to life (and also possibly transplant brains into new bodies) and use their resources, for some reason, to bring the hordes of wealthy eternal optimists into new existence.
Space Burial … Sort Of
This is only in comparison to having simple cremation done, but is actually not incredibly expensive.
All those cosmophiles out there can have their bodies cremated after death and have a small portion of those remains shipped off in a pinky-sized capsule to be held in the nether-regions of the great beyond. Sound great? A private company does all this for the modest fee of up to $6,000, or $20,000 for a larger portion.