Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) May 14, 2009 – Funeralwise.com wants Americans to stop and think before drinking and driving this Memorial Day Weekend. To raise public awareness of this serious issue, Funeralwise.com is encouraging anyone who plans to drink and drive over the holiday weekend to create a funeral plan in advance. For people who do not intend to drink and drive, Funeralwise.com is providing a tangible way they can help fight drunk driving by donating $10 to Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for the first 10,000 funeral plans created on its website through May 25th.
Funeralwise.com is a free internet resource that seeks to shake up the traditional funeral industry that has changed little in the past century. In keeping with its motto, “everything you need to know about funerals,” Funeralwise.com makes funeral planning easy and convenient with free online funeral planning tools, as well as ideas for eulogies, obituaries, music and readings. Tips on funeral customs, etiquette, and grief support help people pay their respects appropriately if a friend has experienced a loss.
Although Memorial Day is a day for remembering the men and women who have died in the military service of our country, it is also a day to remember loved ones who have died. Family get-togethers celebrating this holiday often include alcoholic beverages. According to Forbes.com, Memorial Day ranks as the 3rd most deadly holiday of the year due to drunk driving accidents. Only Thanksgiving and Independence Day (July 4th) have more drunk driving deaths. “If you’re going to be drinking and driving, odds are that you’re going to need a funeral plan sooner than you think. Actually, we encourage everyone to plan their funerals ahead of time and we make it easy for them to do so by providing how-to guides and an interactive funeral planner on our website.” says Larry Anspach, co-founder of Funeralwise.com.
In announcing the campaign, Mr. Anspach said “By suggesting that individuals who drink and drive plan their funeral in advance, we hope that people will ‘see the light at the end of the tunnel’ and think twice before drinking and driving.” Mr. Anspach’s penchant for novel ways of promoting the staid funeral industry was once a front page feature in the Wall Street Journal.
His co-founder, Rick Paskin, adds “Let’s face it. Most people are reluctant to plan ahead for the inevitable. AARP and other respected organizations are strong proponents of planning funerals in advance. Planning doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. Our online funeral planner guides you through the process and you can do the basics in a few minutes. We’re offering this extra incentive for those that have been putting off funeral planning by making a donation to MADD for the first 10,000 plans created on our website through Memorial Day 2009.”
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