This past Sunday, the pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church in Sutter Creek recently included a message in her service that she had officiated several funerals in the past month. A running theme throughout her message was about unpreparedness, of not having final papers in order (wills, advanced directives, etc.)
I would like to reiterate the reminder of thinking about life, yes, but also being aware of your OWN affairs and getting them in order. What are your final wishes? Do you have an advanced directive? What about the financial implications? Dealing with such isn't much different than what a reporter/writer has to think about, with the "who, what, when, where, why and hows". But when the unexpected is unexpected, well...it can be a great weight upon several shoulders.
I know that Trinity's Health Ministries has done several classes on the subject. I think that Bonnie Evans also offers some classes at the Senior Center from time to time. You can contact Bonnie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, Hospice of Amador/Calaveras (one of our loyal, supporting advertisers, thank you!) has several programs and services that aid family and relatives through what we really don't think about on a day-to-day basis. That life does eventually end. That it should be a celebration, not a burden. That no one's grief should have to be intertwined with all the legalities and details that need to be dealt with during a monumental, emotional time for everyone.
My thoughts? I've played/sung for way too many funerals in my lifetime...including my own mother's. But it is with joy that I remember the lives of friends and loved ones, and with the recent loss of Patti Bush, Larry Cenotto and many others in our Amador County communities, I have nothing but sympathy and compassion for the families that are left behind, but I also smile at the significant imprint of their legacies that, with hope, will shape the future. What would they want for us? What would they see through, if they had an infinite lifetime here on this planet we call Earth? Think about it.
If you have a memorial you'd like to contribute, I'll publish it, FREE, on: www.AmadorMemorials.com. Send a picture. Send your obituary, thought, memories, etc.
There comes a time when there is a lot more to life than...(fill in the blank).
Carol Harper, Editor