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Life Quotes, Inc. News Release - 05/23/2011

Life Quotes, Inc. Presents Life Insurance and Odd Funeral Requests

DARIEN, Illinois (May 23, 2011) – The Frank Sinatra song “My Way” was homage to not having any regrets about the choices one makes when the final curtain falls. Some individuals have taken this sentiment into the afterlife. The dearly departed have requested to be buried at sea, in their car and even laid to rest in a giant casket memorializing their favorite Fender Stratocaster. Who said death had to be boring? Here is a list of the most notorious send-offs:

Bones, thugs and harmony… and a Cadillac casket? The all-too strange funeral services for drug dealer Willie “The Wimp” Stokes, made media headlines on an otherwise uneventful news day. Stokes was gunned down on the south side of Chicago in 1984. Never to be outdone when it came to getting attention (even in the afterlife) “The Wimps” father, Willie “Flukey” Stokes, requested that Willie be buried in a casket fashioned to look like a 1984 Cadillac Seville. While the makeshift coffin Cadillac was given blinking taillights, headlights and a customized grille, Stokes was propped up in front of its steering wheel with dollar bills woven through his fingers. Clearly, you cannot take it with you, but there’s no harm in trying.

Sorry no cell service there. Not to be outdone by his son, drug lord “Flukey” Stokes Sr. was gunned down two years after his son’s death. This time, the elder Stokes was laid to rest in a glass-topped mahogany casket dressed in blue to match the interior of his coffin and a cell phone in his hand.

You can Rock and Roll all “nite” and into eternity with this custom-made Kiss Kasket. The rock group Kiss has enjoyed notoriety and a loyal fan following since the 1970s. Naturally, a company in the United Kingdom took fan devotion to the next level by offering a “Kiss Kasket” from 2001 to 2006. The $5,000 Kasket came with airbrushed Kiss logo and picture of the beloved band in all their “Glam metal” glory. Purchasers could also have the coffin autographed by band members.

While making your burial stand out can be amusing for your funeral guests, it comes at a high price. If you want to customize your funeral, you should consider increasing your life insurance amount.

“A basic term life insurance policy pays $10,000 for burial costs,” says Marti Masterson, an agent with Masterson Insurance Agency in Valparaiso, Ind. “If the casket alone costs $5,000 that may not be enough to cover additional funeral expenses.”

According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), funeral costs average between $6,590 and $7,755.

For more, see “Going Out In Style: Life Insurance And Odd Funeral Requests”

About Life Quotes, Inc.

Originally founded in 1984 as Quotesmith Corporation, Life Quotes, Inc. owns and operates a comprehensive consumer information service and companion insurance brokerage service that caters to the needs of self-directed insurance shoppers. Visitors to the Company's Web site, are able to obtain free, instant car insurance quotes, instant life insurance quotes, home, business and health insurance quotes from leading insurers and have the freedom to buy online or by phone from any company shown. Life Quotes, Inc. generates revenues from receipt of industry-standard commissions, including back-end bonus commissions and volume-based contingent bonus commissions that are paid by participating insurance companies. We also generate revenues from the sale of Web site traffic and insurance leads to various third parties.

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