As we come to the close of February, I’m thinking about the essence of this month. It came—and went so quickly. But February seems to belong to Cupid, Hallmark®, the florist and chocolate industry, beckoning thoughts of classical mythology, love, and dreamy reminiscence of romance and heart-shaped, silk-covered chocolate boxes and exquisite floral arrangements. Love, simply put is an intense feeling of deep affection. So relationships of all kinds are full of love. Not just the romantic kind full of unbridled affection and passion. But we also have incredible depth of love for our friends and most certainly for family. And that’s where my career seems to enter center stage.
I so enjoy working with families and individuals because I know in my heart (keeping with February’s theme here) that every person I work with will have a pay-it-forward effect. The work we do together brings so much peace and joy to the individual as we plan the many facets of their final affairs and set the blueprint for their Bucket List Living adventures moving forward. But it’s more than that. I know the work I do with them will continue to serve as a life-line to their beloved family members at a time when they will need it most. I am all about sharing your love in the here and now. Yet I must have one of the most amazing careers—because I mentor my clients on how to continue to impart and illuminate their love long after their departure!
In completing the process of our work, my clients continue to live on through their written words, and literally leave a written legacy for future grandchildren yet to be born! The work we do is personal, spiritual and soulful. It’s a journey. Most people fear it in the beginning because let’s face it, who wants to initiate planning their own funeral, advance directives or writing their own obituary? Sure, Bucket Lists don’t sounds so bad. But as we begin the process, a shift occurs and it is as if the avoidance itself was the main struggle. Once we begin the process it becomes a personal rite-of-passage and quest for each individual to cross the finish line.
I realize that planning your final affairs isn’t a box of chocolates. But it is a great way to remap your life and gain incredible peace of mind for yourself while removing unnecessary burdens from loved ones. What’s love got to do with it? Everything! I’m here to help along the way. But regardless, I hope you’ll do it for you, do it for those you love, but just be sure you do! And always do so with flair, finesse, and FUNctionality!