Nothing in all of life is more gripping than thinking about one’s death. Much of what we do, or don’t do, is in response to the reality that one day we will all die. But in the face of this reality, Christians declare that death is not the last word in our existence. As the Book of Common Prayer states: “Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we, too, shall be raised.”

A Kaleidoscope of feelings surround our thoughts, feelings, and planning for our departure. The business of preparing for one’s eventual death can be an encounter of depth for a church and family alike. Therefore, I write to encourage both spiritual preparation and stewardship arrangements that are born from a religious and holy hope of eternal life.

As you know, Bethesda-by-the-Sea has done an outstanding job in making available beautiful holy spaces both inside the church and in the Columbarium for funerals and final resting places. Should you be interested in a niche, please contact Mrs. Ayana Pineiro-Ilnicki, of our staff.

In equal measure, a primary aspect of preparation for death includes the prudent planning of one’s estate, no matter what size. An important first step is to make out a will (no matter your age) and to avail yourself of the expertise of attorneys and financial planners. Please consider joining the Heritage Society of our parish, informing Bethesda of your plans to remember the church in your will.

If you’d like to discuss any of these matters with a priest, one of us is glad to meet with you and your family.

Bob Dannals
Interim Rector