IF life insurance can provide financial security during retirement, getting a space at a private memorial garden can be comforting especially if you are someone who likes to plan ahead.
While there are still those who are not comfortable getting their own burial lots for future use, it can be worth noting that there is already an increasing demand for pre-paid burial lots. Based on the 2020 records, there was a total of 613,936 deaths in the Philippines, which is equivalent to about six deaths per 1,000 population. From these figures there was an average of 1,677 deaths per day on that year or 70 deaths per hour or one (1.2) death per minute. This tells us that death is a natural thing. This is why buying a memorial lot in advance is as important as saving for old age. And here are the reasons why:
1. Pre-selling burial lots are cheap. Like other real properties memorial lots are cheaper during pre-selling offers. Their price will then double or even triple the moment they start to sell like hotcakes; and more so when they are already ready for use.
2. It’s not everyday developers make memorial gardens. There are thousands of deaths a day in the Philippines alone yet only a few developers in the country are allowed to make memorial gardens because of the zoning law. There may be open slots today but in the next few months these can be all sold out, ergo if you see cheap available slots, buy them right away because even if they will be making more memorial gardens in the future the price will no longer be the same like it was when you first saw it. You can always resell it if you think you will not need it sooner.
3. You can choose. While traditionally it is the family that picks the burial ground for their dead loved one, and if it is you you can no longer say no if your family will put you at the topmost portion of an apartment-style niche in a public graveyard. Whereas if you prepare your own burial site early on, you can choose your location, your own space – if you want it to have trees around your little garden, your tombstone and the color of the bench fronting it. If you do that then you can truly have a peaceful rest in a spot you picked for yourself and not in some wobbly niche that will be reopened once your stay has expired.
4. Peace of mind. When you bought your own burial lot it’s like buying a new home for you and your loved ones. You know that it is yours permanently and no one can remove you from there not like in some public cemeteries where your stay has an expiry. In private memorial gardens your space is yours forever.