Monday, January 14, 2013

Planning for one's demise

     It is often a burden, thinking about the end of one's life.  We all don't want to do it.  We all don't want to think about it...for ourselves and our loved ones.  But it has to be done, some time.

     Not wanting to burden our children, we made up our minds to take care of the situation by going to a mortuary to purchase a funeral plan.  I thought that the funeral cost would be exorbitant judging from what I knew about other people's experiences...$500 for a cardboard casket for cremation?

     So we talked things over and opted for a simple process - cremation, services at our church, and scattering of our ashes.  The cost was $1500 to be paid over 10 years at  $12 a month.  Now is that a deal or what?

     Since we were on the train of thought, we decided to document our Demise Party Plans.  We both wanted to have the gathering a celebration rather than a sorrowful event marking our demise.  We jotted down our thoughts, listed the hymns to be sung, noted the specific details we wanted done. We emailed our plans to our kids and that was that.

     After all of that, it is amazing how liberated we feel.  Just one more thing done on our endless checklist of things.

1 comment:

  1. I applaud you two! What a simple and rational yet somehow transcendent thing you've done.
    Each one of us knows the end might come at any moment, but few are fully conscious that it will happen to them.
    You've started an excellent conversation between me and my family, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.