Peace of Mind
Thinking about your own funeral leaves most people feeling a little uneasy, but more adults are finding that planning their own funeral arrangements offers great emotional and even financial security for them and their families. Death inevitably brings with it feelings of loss and sadness for family and friends. During this time of grief, unexpected pressures can often result in hasty decisions which may be contrary to the faith and wishes of the deceased. With pre-planning, families find comfort in knowing that the funeral reflects what their loved one wanted and gives them peace of mind at a stressful time.
Pre-Need Planning Within our Christian Catholic Tradition
Our formation into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus begins with baptism. Caring for our members calls us to be schooled in death throughout the changing seasons of our lives. From the days of early childhood, many losses are encountered – some as a result of death, others simply as a consequence of daily living. Grieving these losses leads us to a fuller appreciation of the abundant life made possible when we are able to embrace death. It is through this lens that our ministry flows, inviting all who participate into a deeper experience of abundant life centered on the ‘oneness’ of life and death. Through this perspective, ‘pre-need’ planning offers multiple opportunities for formation and growth.
The pre-need appointment is also a wonderful vehicle through which to share our multi-faceted ministry. An awareness and appreciation of our ministry provides families with peace and comfort. Many apprehensions are appeased when people feel confident that their family members will be cared for spiritually at the time of death, and that their grief journey will unfold with the compassionate support of our faith community.