I discuss funeral planning with most of my clients, but not in great detail. I just suggest that they make their wishes known to their family so they can be followed. Dying can be a time for solemn ceremony or whimsical farce. Many notable celebrities and eccentrics have odd funeral wishes. They were collected in the linked BBC article, but here are a couple:

Frank Sinatra had a Catholic funeral. But placed in his coffin were a bottle of whiskey, a Zippo lighter, and 10 dimes – to be used, it’s reported, for any emergency phone calls.

Beverly Hills socialite Sandra West, widow of an oil baron, demanded that she be buried in a lacy nightgown, while sitting in the front seat of her blue Ferrari. After a court fight, her wishes were followed.

<a href=”http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15068696″>http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15068696</a>