Custom Luxury Mausoleums Gaining in Popularity

The nature of immortality is changing. Men once endeavored to be remembered by their deeds alone. Today, more and more people are also choosing to immortalize family members – or themselves – through elaborate monuments and mausoleums. A recent Wall Street Journal article about “Million-Dollar Mausoleums” outlines the shift toward more elaborate memorials and mausoleums.

As baby boomers age, industry experts predict the monuments will become even more whimsical and luxurious. The shift is worldwide; ultramodern mausoleums in parts of Europe resemble art installations, while mausoleums in the Philippines house air conditioning, kitchenettes, and even hot tubs. Today, the focus has shifted to going out with style.

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American Mausoleums: Mausoleum Entombment for Loved Ones

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Looking back through the centuries, we see many architecturally outstanding mausoleums such as that of Akbar the Great, the Taj Mahal and of course, the Mausoleum at Halikarnassos (from where the word mausoleum derives). Each is a magnificent tribute to ones loved and lost. Although now significantly downscaled, mausoleum entombment continues, along with the tradition of respecting family legacy.

Today, American mausoleums are usually small buildings purchased by a community or large organization to hold bodies of the departed after a funeral. Private mausoleums, however, are on the rise due to the opportunity the individual or family has to design a unique and meaningful place of repose for both the living and the dead.

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Mausoleum Crypts: Family & Estate Mausoleums

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Although expensive, mausoleums are highly valuable and beneficial ways of preserving the memory of an individual or family. A mausoleum crypt provides a safe resting place for the remains of family members in a way that allows a continuing feel of closeness that traditional burial does not supply.

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Considering a Private Mausoleum: Is it Right for You?

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A private mausoleum is an above-ground building used as a permanent resting place for the deceased. Some private mausoleums are personal mausoleums, built for a single individual. Others are family mausoleums, built to house the remains of multiple family members. If you’re considering a private mausoleum, here’s what you need to know to decide if it’s right for you:

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Jewish Mausoleums & Monuments

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Most mausoleums place remains above ground inside a mausoleum crypt. Because Scripture and Jewish tradition dictate burial of the deceased in the ground, mausoleums are not commonly used by the Jewish faithful. Instead, Jewish cemetery monuments are placed over the earthen grave of the beloved deceased.

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The Benefits of Using Granite for Your Custom Mausoleum

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Custom mausoleums give families the opportunity to memorialize their deceased in whatever manner they choose. A custom granite mausoleum gives the peace of mind of building a lasting monument, and the flexibility to create a truly unique memorial for beloved family members. Granite’s beauty, versatility, strength, and durability make it one of the most popular materials for funerary needs, and a perfect choice for a custom mausoleum.

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