One thing that is certain for every one of us is that we will all face death. Another thing that is certain is that we can trust in the promises of God; that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Knowing these things, we can approach death in faith, and while we don’t know what it will be like, or when exactly it will happen, we do know that we will be held securely in God’s care. Talking about death – our own or a loved one’s – is holy work. These important conversations are gifts for us and our loved ones. Another gift we can give to our loved ones is the gift of planning ahead for our death. Do you have a favorite hymn that you really want sung at your funeral or memorial service? How would you like your faith to be reflected through Scripture? Do you have an estate plan? Do you have a living will or durable power of attorney? Do you have charitable organizations that you would like to donate to through your estate or memorials? Are you an organ donor? Have you talked to any family members about your wishes? Would they know what you would like?
These are important conversations that matter, and sometimes we just need a little help to start the conversation. I am happy to meet with you to reflect and think through your own wishes; whether you want to plan your service, think through your end of life decisions, or how you communicate with loved ones. We have a Prince of Peace planning guide to help get the conversation started. If you have specific plans about your funeral or memorial service, we can keep a copy of those wishes here at church. During the Sundays in September, Pre-Planning guides will be available in the narthex for you to take home and consider. If you would like to set up a time to talk, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the church office.
Peace be with you,