Preparing for Death
We wish all seniors and caregivers a "Spirit of Life"
full of respect, dignity, love, and joy.
*Preparing for Death*
Preparing for death is an every day exercise. The only measure of success will come at the end of your life.
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By living today we prepare for tomorrow.
- Take time to be reconciled with family and friends.
- Make time to empty your heart of hurts and disappointments.
- Make time to work out a disagreement, then forgive and forget.
- Take time to pray and meditate.
- Take time to recreate.
- Take time relax and enjoy God's creation.
- Take time to smile.
- Take time to sing a song or whistle a tune, even if you're the only one that hears it.
- Take time to give a helping hand, or a word of encouragement.
- Take to make a phone call to someone who would love to hear your voice.
- Take time to smell the flowers, plant a garden, or water the lawn.
- Take time to listen to a child
- Take time to understand a teenager.
- Take time to give a moment of your time. Be available, even if it interrupts your schedule.
- Take time to laugh…even at yourself.
- Take time to visit the sick, or take food to a shut-in.
- Take time to hold a sick person's hand.
- Take time to sit with someone who has asked for your company.
- Take time to visit relatives.
- Make time to see your doctor.
- Make time to put your house in order.
- Make time to put your heart at peace.
- Make time to put your mind at rest.
- Make time to thank God for your talents, and your journey of life.
- Make time to praise God for His goodness and love.
- Make time to ask God for His forgiveness and mercy.
Preparing for death is not costly,
but it does take a lifetime.
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Because of death, life has value. When you realize that those you love can be taken from you at any moment, you cherish them all the more. It is death that makes life such a valuable gift.
Helpful tips in preparing your personal belongings.
1. Make sure you have a will, and that it’s up to date.
2. Specify all your funeral wishes so it’s what you want and not what others think you want.
3. Make available a list of your doctor(s), lawyer(s), accountant(s), etc.
4. Have available all information regarding any bank accounts and location of safety deposit boxes.
5. Have available all deeds to house(s), automobile(s) and the like; similarly, let your survivors know the whereabouts of your checking and savings accounts.
6. Prepare a list of all relatives, friends and associates who should be notified of your death.
7. Compile instructions on how your valuables should be distributed and to whom-or not to whom.
8. See to it that your pets will be taken good care of.
9. Write down, audio tape or video tape, everything you’ve always wanted to say to your loved ones and haven’t yet taken the opportunity to say.