The average funeral in the US costs about $7,000 (about Rs 350000).
In India, it is even cheaper.
While the cost associated with the average funeral service is burdensome for most, there are those for whom no average funeral will do.
Many actors, musicians, and politicians have been sent off in grand fashion, with extravagant final services featuring dizzying floral arrangements, gleaming caskets of pure gold, and limousine processions so long they seem to go on for miles.
The departed may not be able to take it with them, but with enough money they can certainly make a memorable exit.
What are some of the most extravagant funeral services of all time? Click ahead and find out.
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By Daniel Bukszpan