Funeral Homes, Cemeteries Ask All to 'Plan to Live'

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Life is short. What would make yours sweeter?

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Yes, that's right. Hundreds of funeral homes and cemeteries - the professionals who deal with death every day - are encouraging people to Plan to Live. Life is short, and one way to make it more enjoyable is to plan for the future now. To help spread that message, Simplicity Plan® providers across the country are asking this question: "Life is short. What would make yours sweeter?"

Anyone who answers and shares his or her special dream of a lifetime, whether it's climbing Mount Everest, seeing the Seven Wonders of the World or going to a Super Bowl, will have the chance to win the one, overall grand prize of $10,000 to help make that dream come true. Also, this nationwide giveaway offers 225 additional prizes, all thanks to the innovative Plan to Live Giveaway.

Here's how it works:

  • From Nov. 3, 2008, to March 31, 2009, the public can enter the giveaway two ways:

1. Visit any funeral home or cemetery that is a Simplicity Plan® provider and fill in and submit a printed entry form.
2. Visit and enter online.

  • Plan to Live Giveaway Prizes include:

o    Grand Prize - One Grand-Prize winner will receive $10,000 to help grant his or her dream of a lifetime.
o    Second Prize - 50 winners will win Simplicity Plan memberships.
o    Third Prize - 75 winners will get a DVD of The Bucket List movie, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.
o    Fourth Prize - 100 winners will receive the book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz.

No purchase is necessary to enter, and the giveaway is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are 18 years of age. Official rules are available at Prize drawings will be held Thurs., April 30, 2009.

Backed by a national network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers, Simplicity Plan® is a complete final needs program that offers the tools, information and resources individuals need to organize, document and store personal end-of-life decisions. It is a registered trademark of Stewart Enterprises, Inc., which currently owns and operates 221 funeral homes and 140 cemeteries in the United States and Puerto Rico and is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol STEI.


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