Dancing on the Head of a Pin

There is a legend of St Thomas Aquinas asking "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" At this blog we ask all questions dealing with our faith and spirituality. Some are down to earth, rubber meets the road questions, while others are more lofty...like, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Bon Voyage!

Last night members of St Michael's attended a going away party. Who is going away? Ultimately, every one of us! So many times we are reluctant to talk about the end of life - especially the end of our own lives. And when that day comes around (which it will!) many of the difficult decisions are left to our loved ones who may or may not know what to do or what our wishes are. The result is a lifetime of guilt not knowing if the deceased's wishes were fulfilled. We tried to alleviate some of the morbid stress that goes along with planning for our departure. Last night we had a fabulous meal, great fellowship, and a guide to help us determine what we want in our medical directive (living will), our funeral service, and some talk about wills. It shouldn't seem strange to plan for our end of life. After all, we prepare for our baptism and for our wedding, why not plan for our funeral as well? It helps us understand the Christian hope in the face of death, it allows us to pick our beloved hymns and scriptures, and it shows our survivors that we did not face death unprepared or with fear and trembling. The Episcopal Church has put out a wonderful resource to help individuals plan for their end of life. This booklet helps guide you through your medical directive, healthcare proxy, funeral, and will.

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