“Then he [Jacob] instructed them [his sons]: “I am about to be gathered to my people. Bury me with my fathers in the cave which is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,… Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried there; Isaac and his wife Rebekah were buried there; I also buried Leah there.” Genesis 49:29,31
Do you have your “about to be gathered to my people” plan? A couple of years ago, Glen and I completed the documents for “Aging with Dignity – Five Wishes.” The booklet walked us through the paperwork needed to prepare for the end of our life cycles on Earth. [One can do it on-line if preferred at https://www.agingwithdignity.org.]
Neither of us had a sense of urgency to sign these documents, but like Jacob, we wanted our choices to be known for burial. The documents established Power of Attorney for Health Care, a Living Will, and suggestions for a celebration of life service. I referred to these documents a year ago last April when Glen died, which made it easier to fulfill his wishes.
Jacob had specific instructions as to where he wanted to be buried. I’ve joked for years, “I’ve never found a cemetery I want to spend the rest of my life in, so I’ll be cremated.” The decision regarding burial vs. cremation needs to be established long before passing away. After all, you only get one chance to get it right.
Dear God, let us enter your Kingdom in peace. Amen.