Let’s imagine that you have chosen the still most common arrangements for your funeral. Your corpse is lying in an open cask surrounded by flowers, photographs, notes, cards, etc. The line of people who are there to express their comfort to your loved ones or to grieve your loss are each waiting to pass by you.
Ok, I understand that this scene is not one that most want to think about, even dwell on at all. However, if we are honest with ourselves we will pause to acknowledge that we will have an earthly end.
I won’t leave us here in this place for much longer, but stay with me long enough to think about these questions;
- What will people say about you when they pass by the coffin?
- What will their memories of you include?
- What impact will you have had on them?
- How did knowing you make a difference in their life?
We could ask more of these type questions, but the idea is established. When you die what do you want to leave behind? What can you do now before you die to help make the desired answers to these questions mostly happen?
This is an example of Life Transition Coaching. The questions I ask you to consider are a key part of what helps propel you forward in your thinking and actions. Will your answers to these questions cause you to live differently? Will you create different goals, strategies, priorities as you ponder your mortality?
As the song chorus says, “Time keeps on, slipping, slipping away…” What will you choose to do today to leave a lasting, positive, legacy? Who/what is important enough to you that you will consider your part in their life story? What do you do in this life that will outlast your time here?
I will stop with the questions and urge you to consider your death, now before you die. You could begin now to make a checklist of things you need to do and what to do.
- Legal matters (like Wills, Trusts, etc.) could be put in order.
- Funeral arrangements could be made while you can be a part of the decision. There are some interesting alternative-funeral arrangements available now; check out the options on the internet!
- Personal relationships could be strengthened with family and friends.
You may want to work with me for a brief time to help you move through setting these goals. An advantage I have in being a Life Transition Coach is that I don’t have any bias or agenda related to your decisions. I am not trying to sell you a product or service related to death. I am proposing you have help in designing your process of preparing for tomorrow today.
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