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Deal-Making in the Graveyard: Plots for Sale


When taking stock of all your assets, don't forget your burial plot.

This fact has reverberated throughout the $20 billion a year industry, which is dominated by SCI and other big players like Carriage Services Inc. (CSV), Stewart Enterprises (STEI), and StoneMor Partners (STON).

Cemeteries are now scrambling to increase "occupancy rates", resulting in scenes like this:

And this, which should please value-conscious Sam's Club (WMT) shoppers quite a bit:

Should you be one of the lucky Americans for whom traditional burial is still an option, perhaps you'd prefer to take a more practical route to the grave. asks: Why buy a casket for just one day?

Good question. Here is its answer:

For just $3,995, the contemporary "Salvador" casket-sofa "combines metal and wood to create [a] timeless masterpiece," the company's website describes. "This sofa will always provide you with the ultimate place of rest, whether it's taking a load off, or doing the final send off."

When it's time for that "final send off," every CasketFurniture product "can be transformed into a high-quality casket in your time of need."

Trouble is, these days, for a lot of people, their "time of need" is starting while they're still very much alive.

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