"Let planning be the springboard, so that spirituality can be our splash." - Robin S. Sharma
Last week I learned that August is "National Make-a-Will Month." Perhaps it's fitting that I write of this in the last week of August, as matters such as this are often put off. Perhaps it is best that I mention it at the close of the month, so that you don't feel as though you can put it off even longer? I know many of you have such plans in place, but if you do not, please do not wait until next August!
Creating a will and reviewing it periodically is important. Sometimes we make assumptions about what happens to our wealth or possessions after we die, having documentation in place makes a big difference. Creating a will clarifies your hopes and expectations for your family and friends and simplifies things for them after you've died. A legal document can also ensure your assets are distributed according to your preference.
Advanced directives can help guide decisions in crisis as well. All of this can begin in having conversations with loved ones. Capturing your preferences in any meaningful capacity is a good place to begin, but moving toward actual documentation is important. In addition, the church maintains records of plans for memorial services. We are in the process of creating an online version of the form and will include a reminder once it is complete!