When you think about the end of your life, are you prepared? You may have a retirement plan, but more than being financially prepared for retirement, it’s important to be emotionally and psychologically prepared for death. Think about what a “good death” would look like to you, and think about the things you can control. You can’t choose the date or the way you die, but you can choose to live in a way that allows you to feel centered and prepared for that time.
Think about your life, and journal or write letters if you need to, saying things you need to say. Tell important people that they matter and that you love them. Reflect on happy memories, choosing to focus on all the good things that have happened in your life, and the people who have been there to support you.
Now is the time to make amends if you need to, whether that means you apologize or choose to forgive. Express your gratitude to people who have made a difference in your life. Let go of painful experiences, and forgive those who have wronged you. Focus your energy on being grateful, for everything and everyone who blessed your life.
Once you’ve given thoughtful consideration to your life, take some time to think about your death, and how you want to be remembered. If there are things you still need to accomplish, plan to make those things happen. Think about what you’d like people to say at your funeral, about the person you were and the life you lived.
Now, consider the way you’d want your funeral service to be. Think about who would speak, and what music and readings you’d like. Consider how you’d like to be memorialized, and think about special services that could be incorporated into your service. Imagine ways your family might honor your memory, taking into account their special talents and skills. Write it all down, preplanning so that your loved ones will know what you wanted.
When you preplan, you do more than choose the details of your funeral service and your final resting place. Preplanning is a gift you can give to your loved ones, relieving them of the burden of answering questions about what you would have wanted when they’re already under the stress of your loss. What’s more, when you preplan, you lock in today’s prices for a future need, making it easier on your family financially as well.
At Skylawn Memorial Park, we understand the value of preparing for death. Our experienced, professional staff is committed to treating our clients like family, honoring each life while respecting each family’s wishes. We’ll help you make a plan, whether you prefer calling (650) 227-3142 for more information or requesting our free preplanning guide.