Even if Adelphi, MD cremations don’t include burial in a plot or an urn garden, burial sites of famous people who have died are places that people visit regularly. Some of them become shrines over time, as people leave flowers and other things to mark their sojourn there.
One famous celebrity grave is that of Princess Diana in Althorp, Northamptonshire (UK). Princess Diana caught the world’s attention when she became the bride of Prince Charles in the early 1980’s, and she held the world’s attention until her untimely death in a car accident in 1997. As news of her death spread around the globe, thousands of flowers were brought to be laid outside Buckingham Palace as her adoring public came to pay respects. However, Princess Diana’s final resting place is private, on a small island in a lake in Althrop. While only immediate family is allowed to visit her actual gravesite, visitors can go to the memorial built for her that sits beside the lake.
Another famous celebrity grave is that of Elvis Presley at Graceland in Memphis, TN. Graceland is often a tourist destination, which makes Elvis Presley’s grave on the most visited in the world (more than half a million people each year). Presley’s grave (as well as the graves of some of his family members) is located in Graceland’s Meditation Garden. Visitors gather to leave gifts, pray, or sing famous Presley hits.
Jim Morrison, founder and lead singer of The Doors, died in Paris on July 3, 1971 after ingesting a large amount of alcohol and drugs. Whether it was an intentional or unintentional overdose, the 27-year-old singer joined, in an astonishingly short space of time, two other 27-year-old rock celebrities, Jimi Hendrix (September 18, 1970) and Janis Joplin (October 4, 1970). His grave is enclosed by a metal fence in the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, adorned with a simple headstone engraved with “True to himself.”
A luminary from the world of mathematics and science, Sir Isaac Newton’s grave is located in Westminster Abbey in London. Marked by a spectacular monument that epitomizes design styles of the 1700’s, Newton’s grave also has a sculpture of him leaning against scientific books while the globe that hangs over him shows the star constellations and each star of the Zodiac. It’s a truly beautiful grave to visit and many people flock to it year after year.
Reggae legend Bob Marley’s grave is located in Nine Mile, Jamaica. Within a gated compound that contains Marley’s childhood home and the Bob Marley Museum is Marley’s mausoleum. Guided tours are conducted around the compound, but photography within the mausoleum itself is prohibited. February 6, which is Marley’s birthday, is a national holiday in Jamaica and a Bob Marley musical festival is held by fans close to Nine Mile annually.
The renowned poet and bard, William Shakespeare, is entombed at Holy Trinity Church, in Shakespeare’s home of Stratford-upon-Avon, which is dedicated to all things Shakespeare. He is buried not far from where he was born, so going from cradle to grave didn’t require a great deal of distance. His gravestone reads: “Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forbeare, To dig the dust enclosed here; Blessed be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones.”
If you’d like to learn more about Adelphi, MD cremations, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can visit our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can call us today at (301) 937-1707.