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
Erika Dillman
October 2011

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.

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Author Information

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.


“In The Party of Your Life, Erika Dillman provides a humorous and sometimes satirical insight into the modern-day funeral industry. She clearly informs the reader of the arrangements and personal reflections necessary to create a heartfelt and fun-filled final farewell. Her sharp and witty humor reminds us that death is a sure thing in this lifetime, and the more one prepares and shares their wishes, the more we honor our beloved dead in their final farewell.”
Nora Cedarwind Young, certified death midwife, green burial educator, and hospice chaplain,

“As a celebrant I deal with creating meaningful funeral ceremonies for families, but after reading The Party of Your Life I realized how limited my ideas have been. Erika Dillman really opened up my eyes to a much more expanded way of looking at funerals. She 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.”
—American Chronicle