It's your funeral

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It's Your Funeral! Plan the Celebration of a Lifetime--Before It's Too Late (English Edition)

You can’t attend your own funeral. But you can have a blast planning it!
 
Death is scary—but planning your funeral doesn't have to be! It's Your Funeral! will help demystify death, decrease your anxiety, and put the fun back in funeral, whether that means a drunken bacchanal or a somber reflection on just how great you were. Every stage of the legacy planning process is considered, from a burial outfit to a funeral theme. Practical and cheeky questions alike are answered, including:

   • What is the most eco-friendly burial method?
   • Can I write my own obituary?
   • Can my body be shot into space after I die?
   • How can I manage my digital legacy?

Offering a plethora of curious facts, strange stories, and inspiration to help you think outside the coffin, It’s Your Funeral! includes worksheets that will ensure your wishes are recorded for posterity. Planning for death should be the time of your life, so let’s get started!

 

Death is scary--but planning your funeral doesn't have to be! It's Your Funeral! will help demystify death, decrease your anxiety, and put the fun back in funeral, whether that means a drunken bacchanal or a somber reflection on just how great you were. Every stage of the legacy planning process is considered, from a burial outfit to a funeral theme. Practical and cheeky questions alike are answered, including: What is the most eco-friendly burial Can I write my own obituary? Can my body be shot into space after I Die How can I manage my digital legacy? Offering a plethora of curious facts, strange stories, and inspiration to help you think outside the coffin, It’s Your Funeral! includes worksheets that will ensure your wishes are recorded for posterity. Planning for death should be the time of your life, so let’s get started! --Deze tekst verwijst naar de hardcover editie.

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An Introduction to Your End

According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the average funeral today costs over $10,000. That’s such a ridiculous amount of money that if you weren’t already dead, the shock of it might kill you. It’s enough to make you understand if your relatives chose to just dump your body in a field under cover of darkness. Yet, despite the expense, few people plan their funerals ahead of time. This is a disaster waiting to happen.
     What other event of such magnitude do people drop Benjamins galore on with no arrangements in place? Weddings, vacations, births of children, car purchases: most of us prepare for months, if not years, for such milestones. But none of those are sure to be a one-off. You could have any number of marriages. Dozens of vacations. Dozens of cars. Dozens of . . . children, God help you. With a funeral, you pretty much get one shot to nail it.
     But this defining moment of your existence (or nonexistence, as it were), the one chance for your friends and family to come together and remember who you were, what they loved about you, and how you left your mark on the world, is an afterthought. No, worse—it’s an anti-thought, something many people avoid thinking about completely. This isn’t healthy. You are going to be worm food one day, and it’s time to deal with it.
     Which brings us to Nicolas Cage. Everyone loves Nicolas Cage. His films have made five billion dollars. He’s got an Oscar. He named his son after Superman. Yes, he blew his fortune acquiring such esoteric items as a dinosaur skull, a pet octopus, and not one but two castles, but what’s important is that in the middle of his spending spree, he realized he could not take any of it with him.
     One of Cage’s many purchases was a nine-foot-tall pyramid tomb in a famous New Orleans cemetery. It’s gleaming white and engraved with the Latin phrase OMNIA AB UNO (Everything from One). Still only in his mid-forties, he’d decided to take charge of his own afterlife in the most Nicolas Cage manner possible. No way was he letting his busload of ex-wives bury him under a simple tombstone. He looked death in the face and said, “I was Ghost Rider. Did you see that movie? It was absolutely murdered by the critics. Which I think was unfair because—anyway, my point is, you do not scare me.”
     You need to be at least as rational as Nicolas Cage when it comes to planning your funeral. That is a very low bar. If the star of the direct-to-DVD film Vengeance: A Love Story has put his affairs in order, it’s time to get serious.
     But not too serious. Because planning the biggest event of your afterlife should be a blast. A fun-eral, if you will. Within the pages of this book, you have the chance to make sure your send-off is exactly what you want it to be, whether that’s a drunken bacchanalia or a sober, somber reflection on just how great you were. The decisions to make are many, as are the pitfalls to avoid. Every stage of
the legacy-planning process will be considered, from selecting a burial outfit and accessories to choosing a funeral theme. Guided-journal elements and worksheets will not only help you think outside the coffin, but ensure that your wishes are recorded—which will be a massive help to your loved ones.
     Just imagine: your mourners screw up your send-off because they have to throw together a five-figure event in a couple of days while sobbing uncontrollably. Having a plan will both ensure that you get the funeral of your dreams and take the burden of major decisions off them.
     If all of this sounds too sad or scary to contemplate, it’s okay. You’re not alone. Take comfort in knowing that the best way to conquer your fears and anxiety about death is to face it head-on. Although you can’t choose the time or manner of your demise, at least you can make sure you have a say in what happens after. By working out the details in advance, you won’t have to cross your fingers that your spirit will find a way to communicate your funeral wishes through a psychic. And
doesn’t that make you feel just a little bit better?
     Planning your own funeral is an act of love, an important aspect of positive mental health, and—thanks to this book—it’s going to be a heck of a lot of fun. --Deze tekst verwijst naar de hardcover editie.

 

Over de auteur

Kathy Benjamin's writing has appeared on many popular humor and trivia websites, including Mental Floss, Cracked, Grunge, Pajiba, and Uproxx. Kathy is also the author of Funerals to Die For: The Craziest, Creepiest, and Most Bizarre Funeral Traditions and Practices Ever. She lives in Austin, Texas.

--Deze tekst verwijst naar de audioCD editie.

Recensie

[A] concise but comprehensive guide with charm, wit, and more than a little absurdity. It's the rare book that I'd recommend even to someone who hates the subject matter. (in fact, I'd argue that's precisely who needs it the most).

-- "Jason Pargin, former executive editor of Cracked.com and author of John Dies at the End"

Dying seems bad--which is why I never really planned to do it--but Kathy's hilarious and informative book proves that it doesn't have to be...I'm still not entirely sold on the idea of dying, but I at least feel better equipped to handle it on a logistical level.

-- "Daniel O'Brien, writer on Last Week Tonight"

Entertaining, educational, and even funny at times...[It's] a complete, non-depressing reference to end-of-life planning that every household should have.

-- "BookTrib"

Fact-packed and funny, It's Your Funeral! is essential reading for these changing times.

-- "Florence Isaacs, author of Do I Have to Wear Black to a Funeral?"

Glib and slightly irreverent...With breezy writing and helpful planning guides, It's Your Funeral! makes the task of funeral planning seem less daunting, and dare I say a bit of fun.

-- "Todd Harra, undertaker and author of Mortuary Confidential"

Just the right touch of macabre...Helpful, introspective, and fun.

-- "Library Journal (starred review)"
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