How the Rich Get Six Feet Under

Bigelow Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambrid...

Bigelow Chapel, Mt. Auburn Cemetery

Even in death the rich still have it all. If you’re a member of the 1% club, snagging a spot in a ‘luxury’ cemetery can cost over $500,000. No simple pine box for these folks – when it comes to lying six feet under, only the very best will do:

A final resting place at Donald Trump’s golf course in New Jersey will surely cost a lot, but will be a bargain compared to some of the country’s other swanky cemeteries.

 Trump announced this week he is considering building a 1.5-acre cemetery next to his high-end golf course in Bedminster where members pay a lifetime fee of as much as $300,000. If they want to stay beyond that, they most likely will pay a membership fee that includes burial, Trump consultant Ed Russo says.

But the fairway to heaven won’t cost what some premium plots cost elsewhere if the plan gets state and local approval.

Putting one’s name on the most permanent of marquees can reach several million dollars at the most exclusive cemeteries in the country. In comparison, the median cost of a funeral was $6,560 in 2009, the most recent yearly figure from the National Funeral Directors Association.

At Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass., a National Historic Landmark renowned for its landscaping, the choicest piece of pond-front property costs upward of half a million dollars, said Sean O’Regan, vice president of cemetery services and operations.

“While you’re not purchasing real estate — you’re purchasing burial rights — it’s definitely location, location, location,” O’Regan said.

The Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, which was designated last year as a National HistoricLandmark, is popular among the wealthy and famous. Burial arrangements can range from $600 for cremated remains to $3.5 million for an historic private mausoleum more than 100 years old, Woodlawn President John Toale said.

The Frank E. Campbell funeral home in New York’s Manhattan is the go-to place for celebrity funerals. In its 115 years of business, the home has arranged final rites for the titans of New York industry, famous sports figures, politicians and countless celebrities, Vice President Dominic Carella said.

And they say that you can’t take it with you when you die…apparently some people can.

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