Exit Strategy: Thinking Outside the Box

Exit Strategy: Thinking Outside the Box

by Michelle Cromer
     
 

A warmhearted, witty, and beautifully illustrated guide to the most important exit any of us will ever make: how we choose to leave this life.

If you thought a dreary and expensive funeral arranged by professional morticians was your only option-think again! Michelle Cromer offers a plethora of creative alternatives to traditional funerals. From having one's

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A warmhearted, witty, and beautifully illustrated guide to the most important exit any of us will ever make: how we choose to leave this life.

If you thought a dreary and expensive funeral arranged by professional morticians was your only option-think again! Michelle Cromer offers a plethora of creative alternatives to traditional funerals. From having one's remains shot into outer space or turned into a piece of jewelry, to being sifted into the roots of a tree, spread across the sky in a fireworks display, or scattered over Mount Rainier, the options for how we preserve our remains are limited only by our imagination.

Cromer attributes the growing demand for unconventional end-of-life ceremonies to several causes: the high cost and impersonal nature of traditional funerals; the geographic distance separating most American families that makes visits to the cemetery increasingly difficult; and the desire of baby boomers to apply their relentless pursuit of personal expression to the art of dying.

Whatever the reasons, the results are remarkable. Traveling around the country, Cromer meets families and entrepreneurs who are turning the funeral into an occasion for celebration and more intimate remembrance. All these innovative funerals, Cromer writes, "represent an effort to make the passage from life to death more personal and connected with the rest of our lives. And they remind us that physical death and physical decay are natural processes, without which there could be no new life."

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
If this book is any indication, coffins are so 20th century. Ad executive Cromer traveled across the country to discover families and entrepreneurs who are inventing new ways to remember and celebrate life. She details options ranging from inserting remains into golf clubs or pottery to launching oneself into space using rockets or fireworks, making sure to cite costs and contact information. Readers will also learn a lot about mummification and cryonics (deep freezing). This illustrated book is the first of its kind and is highly recommended for all libraries. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585425051
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/19/2006
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.02(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

MICHELLE CROMER, an ad executive, lives in El Paso, Texas, with her husband and two children.

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