Did you know that Mother’s Day originated from one woman’s idea to honor her late mother? In 1905, Anne Jarvis decided to create a day to keep the memory of her mother alive and honor her work as a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil war. Anne’s intent was to encourage others to show their appreciation for their own mother by giving her a hand written and personalized note of thanks. She never imagined that within 15 years Mother’s Day would become a nationally recognized (and very commercialized) holiday.
For some, Mother’s Day is far from a “Hallmark Holiday”. It’s accompanied with days of emotion leading up to Sunday and often brings with it grief that is usually pushed aside any other time of the year. We can bet that you probably know someone who has lost a child or their mother so we have 7 tips to share on how to support a friend or family member during this time.
Many of us have heard how important estate planning is, yet many of us do not take the time and effort to get our wishes written out and documents in order before death. Newspapers and TV stations share articles and advice to emphasize how we need to prepare for our inevitable demise. Recently Candy Chang spoke at a Ted Talk to share how death can clarify your life, take a look here:
Over the weekend I held my first of six Departing Decisions classes to help 17 members of my church get their estate plans in order. As part of the introduction to the class I showed this video, with an emphasis on what I want to have accomplished with the group by the end of our 6 weeks together. Yes, I want to help families get their Will, Power of Attorney, Advanced Directive, Digital Legacy and Funeral wishes recorded and shared. I also want to bring thought provoking questions to every Departing Decisions graduate regarding life and death. My hope is to get each individual to think about what they want to accomplish today, tomorrow and in the future…despite never really knowing when they will die.
John Lennon said it well “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” We all have those little goals and crazy adventures we dream of doing before we die. Some may call this their “bucket list”. Candy Chang explains “Preparing for death is one of the most empowering things you can do. Thinking about death clarifies your life.”
How can the thought of death clarify your life? We would love the hear your thoughts.
For additional information on Candy Chang’s initiative visit: http://candychang.com/before-i-die-in-nola/