Why ALTERNATIVES to traditional funerals are better PLUS the ONE thing that will make the biggest impact for your loved ones!
by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
As Mom’s caregiver, I do what I can to assure she enjoys a quality life. I make sure she has plants on the patio to enjoy during breakfasts. I take her for drives in the countryside in beautiful Kentucky during this period of pandemic isolation.
When possible, I take her for walks in the neighborhood or nearby park areas where there are few people about. We eat home-cooked, whole, mostly organic foods. We Zoom and text with other family members to keep her spirits up and stay connected. I stay on top of her meds and doctor communications.
Another thing I do is engage Mom in stories about her history. We recently talked about how my Dad worked regularly to update his end of life plans so none of us had anything to figure out when he died of cancer in 2014.
Mom and I also talked about making the end of life a quality experience for Mom and those of us who will remain after she’s gone.
The ONE thing that will make the biggest impact toward a quality end of life experience is preparing in advance.
Preparing for Mom’s end of life is a huge step.
It brings the benefits of:
We’ve been updating Mom’s Will and end of life plans (mine, too!) with attention to as much detail as possible. DETAILS are where you can have the biggest impact for a quality death experience! Mom and I have covered:
1. exploring alternatives to traditional funeral plans for how to handle the remains,
2. payment info of these services,
3. preparing a life story announcement,
4. how to get the announcement communicated,
5. final legacy messages,
7. and more personally tailored details for a Goodbye Ritual to comfort surviving loved ones and serve as a loving, lasting legacy.
Our late relatives only knew one way to handle end of life planning: corporate customs that were costly, damaging to the planet, and impersonal and abruptly handled.
Over the years and through experiencing the loss of loved ones, Mom has changed her mind from having traditional funeral plans to alternative options.
BENEFITS OF CREATIVE MEMORIAL PLANNING
ALTERNATIVES to traditional funeral plans with less or zero corporate and/or religious involvement have great benefits!
Alternatives to traditional funeral plans are:
1. less abrupt and more personally meaningful to both the dying and surviving loved ones,
2. dramatically less expensive, and
3. far less destructive to the earth
Planning these details now for alternatives to corporate funeral customs:
1. makes things easier for all of us,
2. cuts cost dramatically,
3. assures Mom’s preferences to protect the planet, and
4. allows for a personalized plan that will become her loving legacy.
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