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Must someone buy a burial plot while still alive? Moreover, is doing so a segula to stay alive or the opposite? The segula can be because he shows he believes in life after death and does not want to be cremated. One must say that people who are burned to death 'al kiddush hashem' recieve a new body, better than the old one. On the other hand there is a thing as 'al tiftach pe'. One shouldnt mention bad things because that can make them happen.

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One could bring a proof from Avrohom who waited till Sarah died before buying one. But one could answer maybe he thought he wasnt going to die like eliyha and chanoch who flew to heaven alive. –  expern May 30 '13 at 8:01
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It's definitely a segula to give your children a hassle when you do die. –  Double AA May 30 '13 at 13:19
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Hi expern and welcome to mi yodeya. Thanks for bringing your question here. Adding a little bit more about why you think this would be a segulah might be helpful. –  user2110 May 30 '13 at 13:34
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In addition to @nikmasi's comment, I would suggest that a source for the idea that such a purchase is obligatory would be useful as well. If the ideas in your comment support or explain the question, incorporating them therewith would improve the question. –  WAF May 30 '13 at 13:56
    
@expern: Good question. +0 so far; I wonder if you could please edit the title to include a question mark? –  unforgettableid May 30 '13 at 23:28
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R. Shemuel Eliyahu wrote here:

על קניה מחיים יש לדעת כי אומרים שיש בזה סגולה לחיים ארוכים וטעם הענין הוא בגלל שהצדיקים לא חוששים מהמיתה וכמו שכתוב "בנים אתם לה' אלוקיכם לא תתגודדו ולא תשימו קרחה בין עינכם למת" למדנו שככל שהאם יותר קרוב לאלוקים בבחינת "בנים" פחות הוא חושש מהמיתה. והצדיקים הגדולים מתו באהבה "מיתת נשיקה". וכתוב על זה בגמרא על זאת יתפלל כל חסיד אליך לעת מצוא" שזוהי המיתה כי במיתת האדם הוא מתקן כנגד כל מה שתיקן בכל ימי חייו. כך הקונה חלקת קרקע לקבורה מלמד על כך שאינו חושש מהמיתה כי הוא יודע שיש חיים אחרי המוות, ומראה על אמונתו בתחית המתים.

On the matter of acquiring burial plots for the living, there are those who say that it is a "segulah" for living a long life, and the reason for this is because the righteous do not worry about death, as it is written "Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead." From which we learn that the closer one is to God as denoted by the term "sons" the less one fears death. And the greatest of the righteous die with a loving "death kiss." And the Talmud writes concerning "For this let every one that is godly pray unto Thee in a time when Thou mayest be found" This refers to death, for in death a man corrects all that which he sought to rectify all the days of his life. Thus one who purchases a burial plot demonstrates that he does not fear death for he knows that there is an afer-life and he shows his belief in the resurrection of the dead.

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The link in the answer proves this from avrohom ovinu. I dont know how. Its the opposite he waited till Sarah was dead before buying the plot. –  expern May 30 '13 at 22:32
    
@expern but he bought his own before he died. –  Double AA May 30 '13 at 22:50
    
But since he didnt buy for Sarah or himself previously no proof can be drawn. –  expern May 30 '13 at 23:14
    
Maybe if Avrohom would have asked for it earlier, Efron would have wondered why he wanted that particular field and got wise to the fact that Adam and Eve where buried there. He then would have sold it to the highest bidder. Whereas now when Sarah had died in the neighborhood he even offered to give it for free thinking it was a useless piece of ground not realizing its value. –  expern May 30 '13 at 23:35
    
@expern the material in the link citing Abraham's acquisition of Makhpela attempts to show the importance of being buried in a place connected to one's ancestors... it is only once he begins "ולגבי שאלתך על קניה מחיים etc." that he attempts to support the specific idea of the benefit of acquiring a plot while alive. That is why I only cited that section. –  Deuteronomy May 31 '13 at 3:29
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