Profiting from Dying
Paul Farrow conjectures in his Telegraph column:
"The father of a friend mentioned that he had bought burial plots for himself and his wife at a local cemetery 20 years ago for just £30 each. Today, those plots are worth more than £600 – a potential return of 1,900 per cent.
The local council will happily take the plots back for the price at which he bought them – but the local funeral director says he has people queuing up to buy a plot. For a cut, he will sell it "on the open market" and deal with any paperwork. My friend's father stands to make a killing, if you'll forgive the expression, of £800.
In many London boroughs, the cost of burials is touching £5,000 – almost double the price of a couple of years ago. Apparently, a burial in Lambeth will set you back £4,950. And it's not just in London where prices are soaring: in Ipswich you'll pay close to £3,000.
Given that the supply/demand equation works in cemeteries' favour, you would have thought that there must be a way of making a profit.
So is there?
Well, although one scheme, run by cemeteryinvest.com seems to have fallen by the wayside there is another that can be found in the Greater London area at Kemnal Park which is run by the Gresham House special asset investment trust.
Non-Profiting from Dying
In order to try and bring somewhat of a balance to the relationship between proft and dying I draw attention to The Buddhist Hospice Trust which is an orgnisation comprising a network of Buddhist volunteers providing compassionate care and spiritual support for seriously ill, dying or bereaved people, their families, friends and carers.
This polarity thereby demonstrates that profit and loss are fulfilling their dualistic roles perfectly.