As I reflect over the past few months since we’ve been opened and operating Memorial Funeral Services mortuary and funeral home, I am reminded that there are no limits as to who or when a person passes from this life into eternity. I have cared for one as young as 12 weeks’ gestation to 90+ year old individuals… and everything in between. There are no limits or parameters on who will die this month.
Of all the services I’ve provided to the numerous families, one thing has stood out head and shoulders above everything else: very, very few people have planned for death. Only one family has come to me with a prearranged service or funeral plan in place. I’ve taken calls from many who have lost a loved one and they are price shopping for the least expensive cremation… after their loved one is gone. Why would you want to leave those decisions to your family who are left behind?
I totally get the fact that no one really wants to talk about dying, and most especially their own death. For over 40 years now I’ve had conversations with individuals and families trying to help them understand the importance and value of making these decisions long before anyone is sick or dying. And yet, here we are just a few months into our first year of providing funeral services in the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley and folks are still forced to figure out the answers to funeral related questions without the benefit of having input from their loved ones who are gone.
So, if you’re reading this would you do yourself and those of your family a favor… Could you please take 10 or 15 minutes out of your day, today, and let them know what you want. Write it down… call me if you need help… do something today to make sure that the person who is going to have the responsibility to call me when you do die knows what to say and what to provide for you!