A Lesson in Frugal Funeral Planning: 5 Surprisingly Inexpensive Funerals

ff4-300x195If you think Adelaide funerals have to be expensive, check out these 6 memorials for famous world figures that cost way less than you might imagine. If you read our recent post on the incredibly expensive funerals, you may be thinking that having a lot of money requires a funeral service that costs a lot of money, but the modesty displayed by these people in passing may show otherwise. Maybe we can all take a lesson from them when planning a funeral and spare the costs of city-wide processions, mahogany caskets, rhinestone adornments and thousands of bouquets of roses.

Marilyn Monroe … Sort Of

If you read the aforementioned post on pricey funerals, you may be wondering how the funeral of the world’s most famous sex symbol can qualify for both lists, but it only sort of fits on both.

The high expense of Monroe’s service wasn’t the service itself, but the money involved in what came afterward: the plots, the flowers etc. Her service itself was actually quite a modest affair closed off to the public and only attended by those close to her. It’s likely her service looked very much like ones you’ve been to or plan for, just with Joe DiMaggio confessing his love for the departed.

Whitney Houston

The world-renowned soul diva lived a life that was both glamorous and tragically bleak, but her service was simple, elegant and heartfelt.

The relatively small ceremony, held in a Baptist church, didn’t call much attention to itself. However, that doesn’t mean that the attendance wasn’t something akin to a world hunger charity benefit concert, with the likes of Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder in the crowd alongside non-musical stars like Kevin Costner, Tyler Perry and Oprah. But just having people worth millions at a service doesn’t make the service worth millions.

Elvis Presley … Sort Of

One of the world’s most famous, most industry-changing performers and icons brought in huge money over the course of his career, but his funeral service turned out to be quite low-key and even a bit controversial.

The small, private ceremony may have drawn countless hordes to try to catch a glimpse of the procession, but the King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s service was lightly attended by mostly his family and close friends. Of course, the ceremony was basically the only modest part; the procession and burial were a completely different story.

However, it did yield one of the most expensive (and lucrative) photographs of all time, as his cousin took a surreptitious photo of his face and sold the exclusive image (press was not allowed in) for huge bucks. The issue of The National Enquirer that featured it was one of the best-selling magazine features of all time.

John Lennon … Sort Of

This one’s a bit complicated.

The international icon of peace and rock didn’t actually have a service to commemorate his death. Instead, his wife Yoko Ono decided it would be better to have everyone in the world pray for his psychedelic soul at the same time. Interesting choice for commemorating the guy who imagined a world with no religion.

Graham Chapman

The Monty Python alum’s service wasn’t only modest, but didn’t even bring out many of his comedy troupe’s big names. In their stead, they sent a wreath featuring the iconic foot and the message, Stop us if we’re getting too silly.

Of course, this didn’t stop longtime friend John Cleese from delivering one of the most famous – and entertaining – eulogies ever recorded.

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