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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 con 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!


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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 con 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!

54 review for It's Your Funeral!: Plan the Celebration of a Lifetime Before It's Too Late

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brittany (whatbritreads)

    *Thank you so much to Penguin Random House Int. for sending me a copy for review!* I wasn’t expecting to halfheartedly plan my own funeral as a healthy 22 year old, but hey, nobody told me this book was interactive and had entire worksheets in it. And who am I to leave a worksheet blank? I’m not a quitter. This book was actually quite informative as someone who has only ever attended one funeral and was quite young - so doesn't really remember at all what it consisted of. I’m now older and acutely *Thank you so much to Penguin Random House Int. for sending me a copy for review!* I wasn’t expecting to halfheartedly plan my own funeral as a healthy 22 year old, but hey, nobody told me this book was interactive and had entire worksheets in it. And who am I to leave a worksheet blank? I’m not a quitter. This book was actually quite informative as someone who has only ever attended one funeral and was quite young - so doesn't really remember at all what it consisted of. I’m now older and acutely aware of my own mortality as well as that of everyone around me, so this was actually pretty useful in preparing me for the inevitable. I liked the ‘death positive’ approach it took, and how it didn't tiptoe around the issue, just said it all as it is. I appreciated that and actually learned some pretty cool facts. Though it went through a lot of the history of funeral services and what modern day services usually look like and all the various aspects of death and whatnot, this book was very Western focussed and at that - very American. I would’ve liked a broader and more inclusive range, especially in terms of history because I found the bits to do with other cultures and their traditions super interesting. As a British person also, I’m not actually sure how useful some of it was. I’m sure a lot of it might translate in a pretty straightforward manner, but who knows. I also feel like a glossary or something would’ve been cool because some of the terms were mixing around in my brain a bit. A death glossary, bit morbid but hey I think it would’ve been useful. This book was bizarre, I won’t lie to you. The worksheets were pretty cool but I didn’t really end up taking them seriously as they’re a bit morbid. I know that's the point and this poor author spent the entire time trying not to make ti all doom and gloom, but I was still mildly creeped out by the concept I can't lie. I answered most of the questions halfheartedly as a joke because I didn’t know how to approach them in all honesty. I genuinely can’t quite figure out who the intended audience for the book is, and even though I’ve read it I still don’t know whether it was me? It was all just a bit confusing. I also showed my sister what I was doing and she was a bit horrified, which made me laugh. It was fine, but not necessarily a book I needed at this juncture in my existence. I also just wanna say, this book is genuinely so pretty. Like, props to the design team because inside and out I absolutely adore the aesthetic. The fonts, the colours, the little doodles inside - they’re fab.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty ❤️

    A few years ago my mother gave me a shock when she told me how she wanted her funeral to go and had it all planned out and written into her will. Having never given that much thought to dying I had no idea you could do that & it’s become something that has fascinated me since. This book covers everything; things you’d expect such as burial versus cremation to what to do with the remains afterwards (so many options!) and things I never thought of at all such as your digital legacy (what to do with A few years ago my mother gave me a shock when she told me how she wanted her funeral to go and had it all planned out and written into her will. Having never given that much thought to dying I had no idea you could do that & it’s become something that has fascinated me since. This book covers everything; things you’d expect such as burial versus cremation to what to do with the remains afterwards (so many options!) and things I never thought of at all such as your digital legacy (what to do with your twitter account for example) and whether your happy for selfies to be taken during the funeral. I’ve seen a lot of that about lately and quite frankly it weirds me out so ‘no selfies’ is going in my action plan for starters. That’s another thing I liked: that many sections have exercises to do so if you are serious about planning your funeral there are lots of good prompts to use. It’s an American author but she regularly points out that what is allowed there may not be the same for your own country so for things that of interest best to check your countries rules. And a bonus point (probably because she’s American not British) for not including Robbie Williams’ Angel as a good funeral song. Genuinely hate that song and yet everyone seems to have it as their favourite. Really?? I’m having Highway to Hell as I go off into the fire…. Interspersed (big word for me) are short sections about cultural celebrations and funeral rites that are fascinating. We all do it differently and no one way is better than others. Also helps should you ever be invited to a funeral outside your own religion or culture. The tag line for the book is putting the fun into funerals and while it covers a serious topic and includes so much important information there’s a great informal way to the writing and it’s full of humour. For me, I like that. Hard enough trying to think about these things without having a dry, written text to go with it. I love it. Quite simple. Especially after the last 18 months living through a global pandemic death and funerals is probably on a lot of people’s minds. We’re probably not used to having it in our faces quite so much as we’ve had lately. I imagine a lot of people are now considering their own mortality. This book does help. It’s packed full of information, questions to ask of yourself and the action plans to make sure you have full control of how you want your send off to go (or not if your into cryogenics & are planning on your big Vegas comeback). It’s helpful, it’s insightful and I will recommend it to anyone

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Publish Date: August 16, 2021 Generally, people don't like to talk or even think about our own funerals. But it's such an important conversation to have and it doesn't have to be scary or depressing, as Kathy Benjamin so helpfully shows us in her book It's Your Funeral! This book is short and extremely readable, with moments that had me laughing out loud, and comes with blank pages to start outlining your ideas and plans for your funeral. I definitely think this is a good (and fun!) primer for fu Publish Date: August 16, 2021 Generally, people don't like to talk or even think about our own funerals. But it's such an important conversation to have and it doesn't have to be scary or depressing, as Kathy Benjamin so helpfully shows us in her book It's Your Funeral! This book is short and extremely readable, with moments that had me laughing out loud, and comes with blank pages to start outlining your ideas and plans for your funeral. I definitely think this is a good (and fun!) primer for funeral and death planning, and a good place to start when preparing to have those conversations with your friends and loved ones. Thank you to Quirk Books and NetGalley for the review copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emi Bevacqua

    Kathy Benjamin strikes precisely the right chord in this irreverent but helpful, hilarious yet instructional expert guide to funerals. From the historical basics to the fringe lunacy, from the nitty gritty costs, permits, and logistics to the very edges of wackadoo creative boundaries, this book covers everything on the subject. I especially appreciate her highlighting environmental impact; even if I'm disappointed to learn that standard cremation isn't an eco-friendly process, I have a number o Kathy Benjamin strikes precisely the right chord in this irreverent but helpful, hilarious yet instructional expert guide to funerals. From the historical basics to the fringe lunacy, from the nitty gritty costs, permits, and logistics to the very edges of wackadoo creative boundaries, this book covers everything on the subject. I especially appreciate her highlighting environmental impact; even if I'm disappointed to learn that standard cremation isn't an eco-friendly process, I have a number of sustainable options to choose from now. Comprehensive workbook-like assignments yield exactly what the book's subtitle promises, alongside fascinating facts (on everything from the duppy to the truth about Walt Whitman and that pesky cryogenic rumor) and wide ranging resources from readings to flowers. My only challenge is her assertion that "Buddhist tradition expects pallbearers to eat a vegetarian diet and avoid alcohol for forty-nine days following the person's death" because I understood cremation to be the norm in Japan, and any cemetery there with bodies buried I thought were for foreigners who I'd presume to not be Buddhist. Highly recommend! Thanks to Quirk Books and Edelweiss+ for the DRC, It's Your Funeral! will be available for purchase 17 August, 2021

  5. 5 out of 5

    BookTrib.com

    All in all, IT'S YOUR FUNERAL! is a complete, non-depressing reference to end-of-life planning that every household should have and every person should read. Read our full review here: https://booktrib.com/2021/08/18/its-y... All in all, IT'S YOUR FUNERAL! is a complete, non-depressing reference to end-of-life planning that every household should have and every person should read. Read our full review here: https://booktrib.com/2021/08/18/its-y...

  6. 5 out of 5

    LibrarianJennifer

    I received an advanced digital copy of this book from the publisher, but the thoughts are my own. Everyone should take the time to think about dying - it's going to happen, so plan for it. This book has great worksheets to complete regarding your wishes. I've made jokes about what I want done when I die, but would my loved ones be able to determine through those comments what I actually want? From cell phones and your pet's ashes, to clothes and your wedding ring, this book covers it all. ...and I I received an advanced digital copy of this book from the publisher, but the thoughts are my own. Everyone should take the time to think about dying - it's going to happen, so plan for it. This book has great worksheets to complete regarding your wishes. I've made jokes about what I want done when I die, but would my loved ones be able to determine through those comments what I actually want? From cell phones and your pet's ashes, to clothes and your wedding ring, this book covers it all. ...and I want my funeral cake to be carrot with cream cheese icing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    Huge thanks to Quirk Books for an early advance copy for my honest review! First of all, let's talk about this cover because nothing sums up this book better than this book. It's bright and fun, but at the same time has a pretty serious topic to discuss. I love books on death and funeral rites from all over the world and times. So I was really excited to crack into this one and see what I would find since a lot of this is about planning a future funeral. I have to say I wasn't sure what I was goi Huge thanks to Quirk Books for an early advance copy for my honest review! First of all, let's talk about this cover because nothing sums up this book better than this book. It's bright and fun, but at the same time has a pretty serious topic to discuss. I love books on death and funeral rites from all over the world and times. So I was really excited to crack into this one and see what I would find since a lot of this is about planning a future funeral. I have to say I wasn't sure what I was going to find between these pages, but I wasn't disappointed. Next, let's get something out of the way. This book was fun! Yes, I know this book wants you to think about your own death, and what will happen after. A topic most people would rather avoid, but this book does it in a way that doesn't take itself too seriously. Kathy Benjamin gives you a wide variety of ways to pass one. Some are more attainable than others. But I mean you should always keep your options open, even in death. I think my favorite part about this book is the work pages that pop up throughout the book. They are a good way to get your thoughts down on paper, explore your options, make lists, and start thinking about everything. Those pages and the information in between are both a great tool to think about what you want, what will help your family and friends with the aftermath, and make things as smooth as possible. Even I started filling some of the pages out at the beginning of the book. Though, as the book went on I did find it harder and harder to feel out the pages. How did I want to split up my personal belongings? Where I would be living at the time? Those pages raised other questions, and while I'm nowhere no worried about making my mind up now. It did put a few things in my mind that I hadn't thought about. But, like a said before this book doesn't think too much of itself. Kathy Benjamin comes out with the topic of your death, of everyone's death, with a little bit of humor. There's a bit of tongue and cheek, a bit of sass, and a lot of the outrageous things people have done after they've (or loved ones) have passed. And, not all of these people are famous. Some are just regular people who wanted to make an impression even after death. So whether your like me and like books that are macabre and unusual, or you just want to see what your options are after death. I suggest Kath Benjamin's It's Your Funeral! It's officially on shelves today! This review, and other bookish posts, can be found on my blog Bookish Whispers!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dan Curiosity Hour

    For such a grave topic, this is quite a lively read. I appreciated the humor as a way of bypassing any fears of mortality the reader might face when dealing with a subject many people would rather ignore. There are many practical tips in here and it's such an accessible work. Highly recommend and already starting conversations about this with friends and family because of this book. Note: I voluntarily requested, read, and reviewed this book. Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for For such a grave topic, this is quite a lively read. I appreciated the humor as a way of bypassing any fears of mortality the reader might face when dealing with a subject many people would rather ignore. There are many practical tips in here and it's such an accessible work. Highly recommend and already starting conversations about this with friends and family because of this book. Note: I voluntarily requested, read, and reviewed this book. Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for sending me a temporary digital advance reading copy/advance review (ARC) galley of this book in exchange for an honest review. As always, my opinions are my own and do not represent my co-host or the podcast. I request, read, and review many books prior to publication to explore possible future guests for the podcast. I wish we could interview the author of every one of these books because I'm so impressed by the creativity, thoughtfulness, and wisdom shared through the temporary books I get through NetGalley. I find the idea of simplifying any book into 1-5 stars to be quite silly and reductionist, so I don't participate in that game and instead, just give five stars to each book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Thank you to Quirk Press for sending me an advance copy of this title! As the owner of an indie bookshop specializing in strange fiction, the occult and folklore, my customers have a higher-than-usual interest in death. This title strikes the perfect balance between morbid and approachable, covering the realities of funeral planning in an information-rich, straightforward tone with just the right dash of humor. I love that this book includes worksheets -- it would be too easy easy to just think a Thank you to Quirk Press for sending me an advance copy of this title! As the owner of an indie bookshop specializing in strange fiction, the occult and folklore, my customers have a higher-than-usual interest in death. This title strikes the perfect balance between morbid and approachable, covering the realities of funeral planning in an information-rich, straightforward tone with just the right dash of humor. I love that this book includes worksheets -- it would be too easy easy to just think about these things, call it a day and not actually put pen to paper. I do think this title is best suited to Americans with little to no cultural customs of their own about death and grieving. It may be a bit scary for folks gleefully ignoring their eventual demise, but it strikes a great tone for those who have begun to consider it. I look forward to stocking this in the shop, especially with such a great cover!

  10. 5 out of 5

    RaeAnna Rekemeyer

    With a sense of humor, Kathy Benjamin prepares her readers for the one completely unavoidable consequence of living: death. Like it or not, death comes for us all. Unfortunately for us, we can't control what happens once we're gone, but with a little bit of preparedness, we can sure try. Death is one of those topics people shy away from, which causes a lot of heartache and mess once they're gone, so if you do it for no one else, do it for me and write your damn will. I've never felt a need to av With a sense of humor, Kathy Benjamin prepares her readers for the one completely unavoidable consequence of living: death. Like it or not, death comes for us all. Unfortunately for us, we can't control what happens once we're gone, but with a little bit of preparedness, we can sure try. Death is one of those topics people shy away from, which causes a lot of heartache and mess once they're gone, so if you do it for no one else, do it for me and write your damn will. I've never felt a need to avoid talking about death for a lot of reasons including but not limited to: I like making people uncomfortable, it's unavoidable, dark humor is my jam, and I hate unknowns. Kathy Benjamin, I feel, falls in my camp because she tackles all the deathly facets of living with a sense of humor, information, and creativity in her book It's Your Funeral. https://onthebl.org/2021/09/16/confro...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bookoholiccafe

    It's Your Funeral! by Kathy Benjamin was a bizarre and pretty book. This was such an interactive book. With worksheets and really good information. it made me really think about my own and how I want it to be. This book covers everything one needs to know, and the author keeps insisting that some things may be different in other countries so if the readers don’t live in the united states, then they can find out how it's done in their own country. I really liked this book. People don’t like to talk It's Your Funeral! by Kathy Benjamin was a bizarre and pretty book. This was such an interactive book. With worksheets and really good information. it made me really think about my own and how I want it to be. This book covers everything one needs to know, and the author keeps insisting that some things may be different in other countries so if the readers don’t live in the united states, then they can find out how it's done in their own country. I really liked this book. People don’t like to talk about their own funeral, but you can plan it anytime you want and even have blast planning it. This book tells you everything, from the costs, logistics, permits to differences between cremation or burial.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jonny Phake

    The author manages to keep the topic of funerals (and death in general) light hearted and informative. Admittedly I only read the first half. And as well as it was written, I didn't find the topic interesting enough to carry on. The book is packed with great ideas to livin the occasion up, like having a themed dress code or venue. And plenty of reminders about the legal stuff like permits for things like NOT burying cremains at a cemetery. As well as some funny stories like what celebs have been b The author manages to keep the topic of funerals (and death in general) light hearted and informative. Admittedly I only read the first half. And as well as it was written, I didn't find the topic interesting enough to carry on. The book is packed with great ideas to livin the occasion up, like having a themed dress code or venue. And plenty of reminders about the legal stuff like permits for things like NOT burying cremains at a cemetery. As well as some funny stories like what celebs have been buried with. I'd recommend, if your vaguely interested in planning a funeral.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dan Seitz

    Disclosure: I've known the author personally and professionally for a decade ever since we were freelancers at Cracked. But you don't have to be the author's friend to be delighted by this book. A workbook for planning out your passing, it's funny and features fun facts while sensibly laying out what you, while alive, should do now so that when you become dead, it's not a sh*tshow. Informative, thought provoking and well worth reading. Disclosure: I've known the author personally and professionally for a decade ever since we were freelancers at Cracked. But you don't have to be the author's friend to be delighted by this book. A workbook for planning out your passing, it's funny and features fun facts while sensibly laying out what you, while alive, should do now so that when you become dead, it's not a sh*tshow. Informative, thought provoking and well worth reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    It’s the one conversation we should all have with our nearest and dearest. At the end of the day it means you get the send off you want. This is a fun little book. Told in a light hearted way what us a sensitive subject. Personally I like the idea of a mushroom suit myself. There are sections in the book for you to make your own notes. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to see an arc of this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Savannah

    Great read! I was hooked at, "You need to be at least as rational as Nicholas Cage when it comes to planning your funeral. That is a very low bar." Everyone should read this! It's hilarious and very helpful in planning what you want to happen when you die. Got my funeral all mapped out and I'm super excited about it. ❤️ Great read! I was hooked at, "You need to be at least as rational as Nicholas Cage when it comes to planning your funeral. That is a very low bar." Everyone should read this! It's hilarious and very helpful in planning what you want to happen when you die. Got my funeral all mapped out and I'm super excited about it. ❤️

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tabby Shiflett

    Since many people are resistant to having conversations about death and funerals, this book is a good option. It hits many of the important decisions regarding someone's passing, but with a more light-hearted tone than most literature. A good place to get started. Net Galley Feedback Since many people are resistant to having conversations about death and funerals, this book is a good option. It hits many of the important decisions regarding someone's passing, but with a more light-hearted tone than most literature. A good place to get started. Net Galley Feedback

  17. 4 out of 5

    Prof. Kamau

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  18. 5 out of 5

    Jodi Ferguson

    Love this book ! Learned a lot and had a few laughs doing so ! I might even buy it for my kids when I am dead and gone!!

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    Alysa H.

    ** I received a Review Copy of this book via NetGalley **

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