Each year, 14.7 million people visit the Pyramids of Egypt. But how many of these visitors think about the fact that they're essentially visiting a selection of gigantic mausoleums constructed to entomb royalty?
If you were ever considering your own mausoleum, your plans might not be as ambitious as a pyramid, but some people like the idea of a mausoleum for their final resting place. Contemporary mausoleums might be smaller scale than their world heritage counterparts, but they are still seen in Australian cemeteries. They act as final resting places and memorials, all in one. But why would someone want a mausoleum?
A Family Affair
Mausoleums can be a structure designed for a single inhabitant, but many of those who opt for this final resting place are intending to create a final resting place for their entire immediate family, becoming a monument to their family as a whole, instead of just the individual who spearheaded the mausoleum.
A family mausoleum isn't the most cost-effective option at a cemetery, and yet those who want this form of memorial aren't interested in the simplest and most inexpensive option for interment. Although there is the cost of the mausoleum itself, perhaps the most expensive part of the process is procuring an appropriately-sized plot at the chosen cemetery to host the mausoleum.
The chosen cemetery might require more of a search than you were expecting. It's not as though cemeteries are subject to zoning laws like urban development, but many cemeteries have restrictions on the types of memorials that can be placed on-site. It's a matter of finding a cemetery that permits the construction of mausoleums. Note that there might be restrictions on its height and overall size. Some cemeteries might even have a dedicated section for mausoleums.
There are some upfront costs associated with mausoleums, although once the plot has been purchased and the mausoleum has been constructed, it's not necessarily expensive for your family members to be placed inside when the time comes. Since the primary upfront costs have already been covered, future inhabitants must pay a fee to reopen the structure for their remains to be placed inside, along with the cost of their funeral service.
Mausoleums aren't for everyone, but when you want a lasting local monument to you and your family, they can be a suitably elegant and ornate way to ensure your family will be remembered. For more information on your options, contact companies that create memorials and monuments.