What do you want your funeral to be like?

Do you ever think about what you’d like your funeral to be like? Do you tend to think about death or avoid the thought? I think that it’s hard for any of us to fathom being here one day and gone the next.

I’ve given some thought to my funeral. Sometimes, I think that there doesn’t need to be a funeral for me (how can 1-2 hours sum up a persons life? it never can). But then I remember that the funeral is more for the grieving than the deceased. It can be a helpful tool in the grief process. So I don’t want to deny people from that.

While I don’t have my funeral program nailed down, I do know that I want the song Temporary Home by Carrie Underwood played at my funeral. This song is significant to me both because of my career and my faith.  Besides this detail, I’m not sure what else I’d include at my funeral. I tend to picture my funeral being a Friday evening candle light service. And only close family at the graveside the next day.

I’d hope that the funeral message would  include a charge to go out and live your life more fully. Give more to others. Give of your time. Give of your finances. Let your heart break for the broken. Be a blessing. Your time is short. Love well. Love like you haven’t yet to this point in your life. Basically, whenever my time comes, I hope it will serve as a reminder that this life is SO short. And in the end, nothing else matters but loving well.

While I recognize that thinking about death is not pleasant , we can find some good in doing so. Hopefully,  this can help to spur us on to live out our remaining days more fully.

Have you thought of what you’d like your funeral to look like? Or what you’d hope that others would say about you?  If you haven’t, I encourage you to write this down. Then let that be the mission of your life. Starting today, live the kind of life that you’d want others to be inspired by at your funeral. Live and love well.

Here’s Carrie Underwood’s song that means so much to me:

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