In today’s Sunday funnies, the Luann comic strip looks at all the details of organizing weddings. What most folks don’t think about is the need to apply the same detailed planning to organizing funerals.
Luann’s brother Brad is going to marry his sweetheart Toni. Toni has been looking at wedding websites and has found a list of things to do before “I Do.” She tells Brad, “Ready for this? To plan our wedding we have 228 decisions to make.” He replies, “Well, I’ve already made one decision. I vow to love you for the rest of my life.”
She replies, ” That’s very sweet, Brad. But you still have to help on the other 227.” He grins, “What if I vow not to interfere with wedding plans? Would that count as helping?”
Now, Brad and Toni are planning their wedding months in advance. Yet most people do not discuss, think about or plan for their own funeral or for anyone else. Would you want to make those 227 decisions in the span of 48 hours?
You might not have as many as 227 decisions to make when a death occurs, but it will feel like it. Being prepared and planning ahead makes it much easier for those you love. If you would like a list of 50 Things That Must Be Done When A Death Occurs, email a note to me care of Gail[at]AGoodGoodbye.com and I’ll send it to you pronto!