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No one likes to contemplate his death or funeral regardless of the greatness of his faith. Even Jesus prayed in the Garden to have this bitter cup taken from him. However, we must remember that our loved ones will be overwhelmed with decisions that will need to be made in the immediate hours following our death. It is truly an act of love and one of the best gifts we can give our loved ones, to have made these decisions in advance and left them instructions regarding what to do upon our death.
Therefore, we have put together a guide to assist you in easing the burdens of those you leave behind. It is designed to help you look at the issues that will be critical for others when you die. Having detailed, easily accessible information helps them as they make decisions during a very difficult time.
Funeral Planning Guide (pdf) »
Make sure you file this information, including copies of the Will, Living Will and Power of Attorney for Health Circumstances, locations of safety deposit box and the original Will, a listing of property and insurance policies, bank accounts, stocks and bonds where they will be found easily. It is suggested that you also file with your local church and/or your attorney, and that you notify your Executor and heirs that this information is for them.
In the Book of Common Prayer on page 494 is a prayer that is sometimes said at a Burial Service. We can say this prayer now for those we will leave behind, knowing that we have done all we could to relieve them of confusion in an already difficult time.
Most merciful God, whose wisdom is beyond our understanding: deal graciously with my family in their grief. Surround them with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your goodness, and strength to meet the days to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Rev. Steven Saul
Associate Rector, Congregational Care