High-rise buildings for the deceased

Khevra Kadisha presented the development program for the Yarkon cemetery, which includes the construction of ten multi-story buildings for a “saturated” burial. In the new buildings, it will be possible to bury 100,000 dead, the cost of implementing the program is estimated at almost 1 billion shekels.

In Israel today there are almost 1,250 cemeteries, which are managed by 600 organizations that have received a license from the Ministry of Religions. Many cemeteries fall under the definition of “closed” (for example, Kiryat Shaul in Tel Aviv, Hof ha-Carmel in Haifa, “Shaare Zedek” in Jerusalem, and others), that is, only those who previously purchased a place for burial, or is willing to pay a considerable amount for specially reserved places. At the cemetery “Trumpeldor” in Tel Aviv and Har ha-menuha in Jerusalem, the cost of the burial place can reach 200 thousand shekels.

According to the law, the National Insurance Institute pays for the burial of every citizen of the country at the deceased cemetery closest to the place of residence. In large cities, free burial sites are usually allocated in multi-story cemeteries, or relatives are buried one above the other. Such a burial system is called “saturated”, and it is becoming more common in Israel.

To date, there are already three “saturated” burial buildings in Yarkon Cemetery, in which there is a place for 35,000 dead. It should be noted that most of the building is already “populated”. In the new buildings with elevators, three types of burials will be offered: the traditional burial in the ground, the family level and the “Sanhedrin”. The first is ordinary burial. Family level – a concrete platform on pillars like a balcony. “Sanhedrin” – on a special gurney, the body of the deceased is brought into the space carved into the wall, after which the grave is closed with bags of earth and walled up with a stove.

The construction of 4 buildings with 45,000 burial places is already underway at Yarkon Cemetery. The construction cost is 450 million shekels, with only 66 million coming from the state budget. The remaining money is contributed by Khevra Kadisha, who mobilizes them by selling land for traditional burial. According to Khevra Kadisha, 65 percent of the deceased are buried for free, and 35 percent, whose relatives choose a paid burial, actually finance the entire process of free burial in the country. . According to the Khevra Kadisha, the state insists on a “saturated” burial, although the construction of multi-storey burials is three times more expensive than ordinary burial places.

The minimum cost of a funeral in Barcelona is 1800 euros
This amount does not include burial or cremation. According to the mayor’s office, the cost of these services is 500 and 700 euros, respectively. Thus, in aggregate, the minimum costs are 2300 euros.
Àltima’s basic package of services includes a coffin, preparation of documents for burial, issuance of a death certificate, transportation and preparation of the body, a hearse and temporary storage of the body, but without renting a mourning hall, flowers and other mourning decorations.

At Àltima, only 10% of customers choose the minimum package of services, while at Mémora – 8%. More than half of customers, according to Àltima representatives, prefer a package worth over 3,000 euros, which includes makeup, a funeral parlor, wreaths and the use of a chapel. At Mémora, the most popular option costs 4250 euros; half of the customers choose it. Another 22% opt for a premium package worth more than 7,200 euros. At the same time, it is cheaper to organize a funeral in Barcelona than in other capitals of the Catalan provinces. In Lleida, the cost of a minimum package of services is 3300 euros, in Tarragona – 2200 euros, in Girona – 1966 euros.

The Association for Fighting Violations in the Field of Funeral Services noted the lack of transparency of the funeral homes and insisted that they overstated their services. Last summer, the City Hall of Barcelona, Àltima and Mémora agreed to regulate access to free funeral services. Currently, those whose income does not exceed 0.66% of the minimum income level (RMI), which in Catalonia is 569 euros, are entitled to free service.