The Party of Your Life: Get the Funeral You Want by Planning It Yourself

The Party of Your Life: Get the Funeral You Want by Planning It Yourself

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by Erika Dillman
     
 

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The Party of Your Life is a lively, irreverent guide to putting the F-U-N back in funeral. This upbeat book will appeal to adults of all ages who want a send-off that reflects their interests, achievements, and taste.

The Party of Your Life will help readers explore the full range of creative, culinary, musical, and theatrical possibilities of a

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The Party of Your Life is a lively, irreverent guide to putting the F-U-N back in funeral. This upbeat book will appeal to adults of all ages who want a send-off that reflects their interests, achievements, and taste.

The Party of Your Life will help readers explore the full range of creative, culinary, musical, and theatrical possibilities of a well-planned (i.e., self-planned) end-of-life party. Baby Boomers, Gen-Xers, and younger generations not interested in having a traditional funeral will appreciate author Erika Dillman’s hip and humorous approach to planning your own funeral.

Topics covered in the book include:

It Takes a Village: Your Funeral Posse
Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Planning Your Guest List
Menus, Massage, and Mojitos: Care and Feeding of Guests
Dance This Mess Around: Your Funeral Soundtrack
Bye-Bye Bling: Your Funeral Gift Bags

With the help of The Party of Your Life, the newly dead will rest in peace knowing the tips in the book have helped reduce the drama and strain on their survivors, who are likely experiencing the most painful time of their lives.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Erika Dillman's sharp and witty humor reminds us that death is a sure thing in this lifetime, and the more one prepares and shares their desired wishes, the more we honor our beloved dead in their final farewell." —Nora Cedarwind Young, certified death midwife, green burial educator, and hospice chaplain

"Erika Dillman has written a witty and humorous book on a topic that some people find fearful and morbid, and she conveys vital information in an easy-to-digest manner that includes humorous real-world examples." —Donna Belk, celebrant, home funeral guide, and board member of the National Home Funeral Alliance

"A fun read. . . . Dillman offers a wealth of information and allows the reader to choose his or her own farewell." —www.AmericanChronicle.com (November 2011)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595800626
Publisher:
Santa Monica Press
Publication date:
10/15/2011
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
778,977
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author


Erika Dillman plans on living to 100, but started planning her own farewell fiesta at age 40 to make sure she gets the funeral she wants and deserves. She is the author of 10 books, including Outdoors Online: The Internet Guide to Everything Wild & Green and The Little Yoga Book, The Little Pilates Book, and The Little Strength Training Book from the popular “Little Book” series. She wishes she lived in London and wintered in New Zealand.

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The Party of Your Life: Get the Funeral You Want by Planning It Yourself 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
beatlesfan26 More than 1 year ago
Erika Dillman's book The Party of Your Life is a wonderful discourse on what most people consider The Event Which Shall Not Be Named. The end is, as we all know, inevitable. So why not make happen the way you want it to happen? This book truly does put the "fun" in funeral--by ripping the taboos away from the subject she makes it approachable and will likely allow many people a conversation opener about a subject that is challenging at best. With personal anecdotes, sample funeral plans and a warm, friendly style of writing Dillman provides not only an alternate viewpoint to the subject of funerals but a very organized planner for the event. I come from a big Greek family where discussion of funerals is taboo and offends the superstitious, where funerals continue the ancient traditions of elaborate lamentations, where planning is just not done--this book tosses that thinking aside and brings a new focus to going out in style.
CorinneElliott More than 1 year ago
This Book is a great read. I love the humor, thoughts and efforts the author put into writing this book. My partner and I read several cleaver and funny epitaths when we were in Key West several years ago. We said to each other "that is how we want to be remembered" We want a reflection of how we lived our lives, not a somber sadfest when we die. Thank you Erika for putting in words what we have been thinking about for years! Well Done. Corinne Elliott