We are Born, We Live, Then We Die!
This is the reality of life. and yet most of us reach that end point of our lives totally unprepared. This post is a brief journey through life to that end point where we need to prepare to meet our Maker.
My hubby had his third heart attack this week which he survived but it was a big wake up call and prompted me to write this.
Raising Our Families
We go to great lengths to prepare for a new born baby by decorating a designated room and purchasing all the equipment we will need to manage the baby.. We will labor over choosing a name and deciding where the baby will be born. We might modify our diet during the pregnancy.
We work through out our lives in our chosen career which we may have spent many years studying for to acquire the necessary skills and qualifications.
We plan our family and life around our work and financial status. We plan an annual family holiday and regular family activities.
As our children grow and become adults we help them plan and prepare for their futures. This might be assisting them in making major life choices such as the career path they are best suited to.
We will help them prepare for their wedding, and spend thousands of dollars to ensure it is a perfect day
Life moves on, the grand children arrive and we repeat much of what we did with our children we will do with our grand children.
It is important to be available to support our children as they raise their own families. We can enjoy valuable time with the grand children over this period.
Retirement – the End of Our Working Life or Is It?
All the while we are rapidly approaching the end of our own working lives and facing retirement,..
We take little time to prepare for our retirement and the big day comes when work ends as we have known it when we suddenly find ourselves totally at a loss.
What are we going to do today? Where can we go? How will we fill this day, or this week then this month and year.
We know the days we have left are far fewer than those past but we can still have around 20 years of useful life left beyond retirement.
It is a big transition from working 5 or 6 days a week to not working at all. It can be a time of frustration, boredom, even depression if we are not well prepared.
If we started to prepare for retirement while we were still working it would be a smoother transition but too many of us fail to do that and it comes as a big shock to our psyche. The adjustment post working can be very stressful but we will eventually work through it and find ourselves busy with our gardens, the Probus Club,the Bowls Club, Charity events and overseas travel. and so much more that we begin to wonder where all the time goes and whether it was not better or easier while we were still working.
We find ourselves so busy that the time seems to pass at an ever increasing rate and before we know it we are contemplating the possibility of nursing homes or even death. But again we are ill prepared. It catches us unawares and we can leave an absolute mess for our families to sort out.
End of Life Approaches: Are we Ready?
George Burns once said” when death Knocks on my door I am not going to answer”
The problem is Death is not so polite to knock. Death comes unannounced often while we are least expecting it. We have no choice as to when our final moment will be on this earth. However we can ensure the transition from this life to the next is made easy for our families by ensuring we have prepared adequately for that day or hour.which God has determined for us. .
Things we can do to be prepared for our inevitable final breath.
- Talk to a solicitor and ensure our wills are up to date.
- Choose executors for our wills, people younger than ourselves who we can trust.
- Prepare a living will to outline your wishes regarding end of life care and whether or not you wish to donate organs.
- Have sufficient funds available for our funeral expenses.
- Keep a record of all our accounts and where they can be accessed, listing account numbers and passwords.
- Appoint a power of attorney in case we through illness are not able to manage.
- Declutter our homes and personal space, we need to do this while we are still physically able.
- Give away the things we no longer need or use.
- Label all keys so that those taking over can access the places they need to.
- Keep bill payments up to date.
- Spend as much time as we can with those we love.
- Speak to our families and discuss your wishes and any details they need to know.
- Discuss our wishes for our funeral, where to be buried or cremated,, church, music, bible readings we would like
- Be prepared .
- Are you ready to meet with Jesus who gave His life for you? John 3:16
Here is the talk of a lifetime checklist from https://www.talkofalifetime.org