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A local lawyer is passionate about people keeping their money in the local community after they die. He and his associates put on a seminar titled Death Matters. Talking about death is a certain showstopper.

A local lawyer is passionate about people keeping their money in the local community after they die. He and his associates put on a seminar titled Death Matters.

Talking about death is a certain showstopper. A booming cosmetic and plastic surgery industry is testament to our quest to keep the reality and signs of aging and death at bay.

The Hebrew Scriptures take a different tack: teach us O God to number our days that we might attain "wisdom." Accepting, embracing, planning for our eventual death frees us to live life fully and unafraid.

Jesus knew that: his gift by faith in God through him was eternal life in the "present now" and the "future to come."

Do you have a will? Dying without a will complicates the life of your already grieving family. Have you considered where the proceeds of your estate will go? Who really needs those assets?

Have you included a bequest to your church and/or favourite charities in South Delta? This will be part of your legacy. You have a chance to bless and strengthen their work.

Have you given your family permission for a funeral or memorial service when you die? You may not want the fuss but they will need to gather and grieve your death? Facing your death and making plans matters.

"Life is short and we never have enough time for gladdening the hearts of those who travel this way with us. Oh, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind."

Jim Short can be reached at minister@ladnerunited.org.

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