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Planning for the End of Life


One of the most difficult tasks each of us needs to face is preparing for the end of our lives. Morrie Schwarz said, “Everybody knows they’re going to die, but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently.”

That applies to me. Cindy and I don’t have a will. We talk about making one, but we haven’t, yet, emphasis on “yet.”

Our parents were better prepared. They not only had wills but also medical directives, powers of attorney, funeral instructions and more. Their preparedness was a great gift to us at the end of their earthly lives.

While many are already prepared for this day, in order to help those who aren’t, Grace has purchased two Forward Movement resources now available in the lobby for you without charge. Planning for the End of Life: Faithful Stewards of Your Good Gifts “provides the necessary information on setting up a medical directive, planning your funeral service, and preparing to write your will.”

Planned Giving: Stewards of God’s Bounty “introduces popular options for planned giving including a bequest in a will, life income gifts, gifts of real estate, appreciated property and tangible personal property, and gifts of life insurance and retirement accounts.

If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to include Grace in your will. My parents gave a bequest to St. Andrew’s, Haw River, that continues their faithful service to this day.

I would be glad to talk to you about Planned Giving and planning a funeral.

“Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue our course on earth, until, by your call, we are reunited with those who have gone before; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” (Excerpted from a Collect at the Burial of an Adult, The Book of Common Prayer, p. 493.)i

 John Gibson

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