Travel plans #2

Part 2 of 4

When we go on a trip, we leave directions for things that need doing or who to call in an emergency. If our grandson is taking care of the pets he needs to know where the food is and how often the dog needs to go out, etc. The person who agrees to collect the mail may need instructions on what mail is important or needs attention. It wouldn’t be fair to leave and expect them to take care of things without any information.

When we take our trip to the spiritual world it is important to leave instructions. Those we leave behind will be required to handle many legal, practical and emotional issues at a time when they are burdened with grief.

According to Judy Voss, author and hospice worker, more than seventy percent of people leave this earth with no will. She writes “ Consequently, after the death of a loved one, families are caught in an emotional and financial windstorm for possibly two to three years before an estate can be settled.” In this emotional windstorm the possibility of distress, misunderstanding and distrust among loved ones is increased. If you have not done so, perhaps today is the day you might tend to this. Also, if you have not done so, today you might write a living will (advanced health care directive) to provide guidance should you become terminally ill.

Not quite as important, but very appreciated, would be other information. Things such as phone numbers of people who should be notified, suggestions of favorite music for the resurrection service, preferred minister and biographical facts.

If you are leaving jewelry or other significant keepsakes, it will be helpful to convey your wishes about them. Consider also leaving messages of love and gratitude which may be held as equally precious by grandchildren and others.

“Letters are among the most significant memorials a person can leave behind.” Jonathan Wolfgang von Goethe

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