While death might be scary to think about, planning your funeral doesn’t have to be. Death positivity and funeral planning have become trendy topics in recent years, especially among millennials, whose surging interest in end-of-life planning services and apps, as well as social gatherings like Death Over Dinner, mark a shift in the way people think about their own mortality. Many things will be out of your control at the end of your life, but mapping out all elements of your last hurrah can help demystify death and turn the funeral planning process into an act of self-love instead of a source of constant worry.
Interspersing comforting guidance with fun facts about funeral traditions and history from around the world, author Kathy Benjamin gently guides readers through every stage of the funeral planning process in It’s Your Funeral! Plan the Celebration of a Lifetime – Before It’s Too Late (Quirk Books; $16.99).
Practical information for managing your final send-off with care and consideration includes:
• Methods of burial: From common ground burials and cremation to eco-friendly methods such as recomposting, tree burial and burial at sea to methods like shooting your ashes into space or donating your body to science, there are endless possibilities for disposing of your remains in a way that’s meaningful to you.
• Planning the funeral: Considering the logistics – choosing the perfect venue, assigning funeral roles, picking a theme, choosing flowers and a dress code, building a guest list and creating a playlist – turns the funeral into an event to remember.
• Managing your legacy: From choosing a grave marker (headstones, crypts, memorial plaques, monuments, etc.) and composing your epitaph to the art of writing an obituary and composing your eulogy, the easiest way to ensure that folks will keep talking about you is to plan and hold an unforgettable memorial.
• Getting your affairs in order: Tackling the big projects, like divvying up and making plans for your possessions, writing and naming an executor for your will, even figuring out who will manage your social media accounts, helps safeguard the property you leave behind.
The handbook also includes guided journal elements such as worksheets and writing prompts that provide creative ways to jump-start ideas and curate a funeral experience that is uniquely yours. quirkbooks.com