Throw Your Own Great Funeral on ‘Create a Great Funeral Day’

Inspired by the movie “Get Low,”’s sweepstakes
and survey offers funeral planning prizes

Chicago, IL, October 18, 2010 — suggests individuals think about throwing their own funeral on Saturday, October 30, the 11th annual Create a Great Funeral Day. To help, is offering free funeral planning and cash prizes to survey participants who share their views about “living” funeral services.

The sweepstakes and survey is inspired by the recently released film Get Low, starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek, which tells the true story of a Depression-era man who threw himself a funeral party while he was still alive, so he could hear what people would say about him.

Rick Paskin, co-founder of, says, “Most people are reluctant to think about their own funeral much less plan it in advance. Planning a funeral ahead of time is a sensible thing to do, and this sweepstakes and survey will help get people thinking about and envisioning what kind of funeral they might like. We then make it easy for them to plan that funeral.”

The sweepstakes survey will ask the following questions and others:

  • Would you like to attend your own funeral if you could?
  • Would you consider throwing yourself a funeral before you die?
  • Have you wondered who would come to your funeral?
  • What kind of funeral would you prefer – a somber traditional funeral, an upbeat celebration of life, or no funeral at all?

The “Create a Great Funeral Day Sweepstakes” is available to U.S. residents, ages 35 and older. Go to for details and to enter. provides free, do-it-yourself funeral planning via its website. Thousands of people have used the online funeral planner since it launched in 2009. Using the Quick Plan tool, a basic funeral plan can be completed in a few minutes.

Debuting a new site design in October 2010, aims to provide “Everything You Need to Know About Funerals.” features extensive information on funeral-related subjects including funeral customs, funeral etiquette, and grief support. Visitors to the site can subscribe to its “Word to the Wise” series of free guides.

Go back to Press Releases.

How Much Will Your Funeral Cost? Try Our QuickPlan to Find Out.