For those who can't afford a $320,000 mausoleum in Brooklyn, there are always bargain alternatives. An upstate plot can go for $500, Bloomberg reported.
An even cheaper option may be cremation, and a growing number of Americans are embracing the urn: Fewer than 4 percent chose that route in 1960, compared with 43 percent in 2012, according to Bloomberg.
But even as prices are skyrocketing for their clients, cemeteries are also confronting their diminishing supply. Rich Moylan, president of Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery, told Bloomberg he would like to be able to reinvest family-provided funds for upkeep into the stock market.
—By CNBC staff.
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