Posted by Tony O’Shea, Funeral Planning & Life Insurance Expert
Many famous actors, musicians and other notable public figures might be gone, but they are not forgotten with their final resting attracting a huge number of visitors.
Supposedly, the most visited grave is that of Jim Morrison, an American singer best remembered as the lead vocalist of the rock band The Doors. He died on 3rd July 1971 and is buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. Père Lachaise Cemetery is one of the city’s most visited tourist attractions and his grave is visited by 1.5 million people every year.
He is in good company as Irish playwright Oscar Wilde, French cabaret singer Edith Piaf and Polish composer Frédéric Chopin are also buried there.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale is considered to be the final resting place of the stars. There are more stars buried here than in any other place in the world. It is a vast and expansive park, spread over 300 acres. Over 250,000 people have been buried in the grounds and over 60,000 people have married in the grounds, including Ronald Regan who got married to Jane Wyman in 1940.
The cemetery attracts over 1 million visitors per year and is the final resting place for many of the Hollywood greats. Elizabeth Taylor is buried beneath an open armed angel within the gardens and the famous cemetery is home to many more well known individuals including; Clarke Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, Walt Disney, Mary Pickford, Michael Jackson and Nat King Cole, to name a few.
Forest Lawn memorial park in Hollywood Hills is only ten minutes away from the larger Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale.
There are not quite as many celebrities buried here, but still some notable names such as Bette Davies, who has “She did it the hard way” engraved on her family tomb. Others buried on the site include Lucille Ball, Buster Keaton, Liberace and Stan Laurel, Brittany Murphy, Rod Steiger and Sandra Dee. Michael Jackson’s funeral took place within the Hollywood Hills Memorial Park, but he was later buried at Forest Lawn, Glendales.
Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City is another famous cemetery in California that attracts the tourists.
The legendary jazz singer Frank Sinatra is buried here with “The Best is Yet to Come” etched on his tombstone. He is surrounded by family; with his mother, father, wife and son all being buried in the family plot. Also buried in Cathedral City, alongside Frank Sinatra is his Sonny Bono, John J Phillips, Irving Green and Jolie and Magda Gabor.
In 2001, the US’s first memorial commemorating LGBT veterans was dedicated to the cemetery. The memorial honours the contribution of gay and transgender Americans who served in the military, the memorial has the logo of American Veterans for Equal Rights on it.
If you had to choose only one Californian cemetery to visit, Pierce Bros, Westwood Village Memorial Park would be a good choice. It is quite a small cemetery making the stars’ graves so much easier to locate.
Marilyn Monroe is buried here, alongside her is Hugh Hefner, the Playboy Founder, who purchased the crypt next to her. Other Hollywood starts include Dean Martin, Roy Orbison, Jack Lemmon and Eva Gabor.
Elvis Presley, is often referred to the “King of Rock & Roll”, he is regarded as one of the most cultural icons of the 20th century. He died at the age of 52 on August 16, 1977, and is buried in the Meditation Garden at Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.
More than 600,000 fans flock to the King's iconic Memphis mansion every year, making it the second most visited private home in the country, after the White House.
Westminster Abbey is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London and is a World Heritage site attracting thousands of visitors every year.
Over 3,300 people have been buried or commemorated at Westminster Abbey. The practice of burying national figures in the Abbey began under Oliver Cromwell with the burial of Admiral Robert Blake in 1657. This spread to include royalty, generals, admirals, politicians, doctors and scientists.
Seventeen British monarchs including King Henry V and all the Tudors except for Henry VIII have all been buried at Westminster Abbey. Other notable people buried there include Isaac Newton, Edward the Confessor, Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin. Winston Churchill is honoured at Westminster Abbey, but rests at the family plot in St Martin Churchyard, Oxfordshire.
Karl Marx was a German philosopher and socialist revolutionary. He moved to London in June 1849 and lived there until his death in 1883. He died stateless, but was laid to rest in Highgate cemetery, London. He is one of the most famous residents of Highgate cemetery and his monument attracts visitors from around the world.
Other famous residents include the worldwide superstar George Michael who died on Christmas Day, 2016 and Malcolm McLaren of the Punk era.
Diana, Princess of Wales, was a member of the British royal family. She tragically died in 1997 as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. Her death was mourned across the world.
Her final resting place is Royal Oval Island, in the centre of a lake called 'Round Oval'. From the lake's edge you can see an urn but not a headstone or a gravesite. The island is within the Spencer’s family estate, Althorp. Althorp is open between July to September every year, allowing visitors to attend a shrine near the island, but no visitors are allowed to set foot on the island itself.
Choosing your final resting place, where your body or your cremated remains will be buried or entombed, is a hard decision to make. Funeral Planning Expert can help your funeral planning and advise you on prepaid funerals. By making these difficult decisions, you will be helping those close to you after you have died. You will know you made their lives better, even after yours is over.
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