Honoring Departed Family Members With Dignity and Care
“It’s appointed unto every man once to die and after that the judgment.” No time in your life will ever be as lonely as the day someone you loved dies. Whether the death is expected coming after a lengthy illness or is sudden and unexpected, nothing changes your life like death can.
Be an Organ Donor
Thousands die every year while waiting for an organ donation. The gift of life from a departed loved one can save as many as eight lives through organ donations. The lives of that many and more can be improved through tissue donations. Celebrate your loved ones life by enabling someone else to live.
Plant a Tree
Planting a tree is a living tribute to the memory of someone you love. As the tree grows so will the opportunities to reflect on your loved one’s life. If it’s a flowering tree, the colorful blooms that appear annually will keep the memory of the departed fresh and beautiful.
Plan for the Future
Death is inevitable, yet we are never prepared for it. One of the things that will take the sting out of death is preparation. Funerals can cost thousands of dollars, it is literally money that is buried in the ground that you can’t get back. Even though death is big business, people still wait until the Grim Reaper knocks at the door before they make an effort to address it. One thing you can do for yourself and a loved one is invest in a pre-need/pre-plan funeral package. Pre-planning is much like any other investment in life, it works best when you can think clearly. Professionals, like those at McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home, know that pre-planning a loved one’s funeral takes the guess work out of the process. It lets you make major decisions at a time when you are rational and calm. Grief provokes you to overspend. Pre-planning enables you to spend wisely.
Death is about remembering a life well-lived. Every culture has customs and traditions that uniquely speak of their thoughts about death. All of them in some way celebrate life and those who lived it well. There are many ways a life can be celebrated, here are a few that will keep your loved one alive in the life of someone else.
Give a Charitable Gift
There are people all over the world suffering, and there are almost as many organizations whose mission it is to help them. A monetary gift, no matter how small, will do the most good when given to an organization that helps the poor and downtrodden.
Come Together for a Meal
Come together on a date significant to your loved one(birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc)by having a cook-out, a picnic, or a meal at a restaurant. Coming together around a loved one’s memory is cathartic. It lets you remember them with those who like you miss them. Nothing says you’re loved like sharing a good meal with the ones who love you.
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.” Winnie-the-Pooh’s advice is tender and true. Do something to remember me, and I will always be around.
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