Getting Your House in Order

Chic Broersma

READ : 2 Kings 20:1-7

Put your house in order, because you are going to die. (v. 1 NIV)

Here’s something you might not enjoy doing, but Pastor Donner Atwood called it “A Final Gift of Love.” It’s the details we should decide ahead of time for the loved ones who will remain after our death. These practical preparations include writing a living will and appointing a healthcare proxy who can make vital decisions about your medical treatment when you’re no longer able to.

Think about some of the things you would like your family to do when you die. Leave a list of those you want to be notified personally. Do you want a public viewing? A funeral or memorial service? A public or family-only burial? What hymns and Scripture readings would you like? What pastor do you wish to conduct the service? Do you choose burial or cremation? If you already have burial plots make sure your family knows where they are located and whom to contact. Make a list of key financial, insurance, and legal issues with names and phone numbers and directions on where this information is stored in your home and who has legal access to them.

Do you wish flowers at your funeral or contributions to your favorite charities? If charities, leave names and addresses. At your death, your loved ones will be dealing with their loss and grief. The difficulties of those days will be lessened by your preparing in advance this helpful “final gift of love.”


Lord, may those who follow find me faithful.