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!
In this surprisingly fun handbook, humorist Benjamin (Funerals to Die For) instructs readers in both simple and novel ways to prepare for death. She begins with a consideration of what to do with humanly remains, whether that means an environmentally friendly coral reef burial or turning one's ashes into a vinyl record. Benjamin then considers how one's obituary, funeral, and legacy are all ripe for personal touches. For example, choosing the music to be played at one's funeral is a great way to allow one's individuality to shine. Among the lighthearted instruction and intriguing anecdotes (such as the rise of "rent-a-mourners" in the U.K.) stands the notion that planning one's own funeral is an act of love to those left behind. As such, readers are prompted to write down specific wishes and thoughts, including instructions for spreading ashes and what to do with digital assets such as email and social media accounts. Though some prompts are silly, such as "My Haunting Game Plan," the suggestions for making grieving easier for loved ones will be welcome to any reader. This illuminating, brisk guide breathes vibrant life into a topic many would rather avoid.