If Jesus does not come before you die, what are you going to do with your body?
By: Loren Due, D Min., and PhD.
You are right now saying to yourself!
“That’s not my concern!”
Burn it up and distribute the ashes over Lake Hesperia!
I cannot worry about that right now – I have too many bills.
My son or daughter will take care of that.
Why not dig a hole in the back yard and throw me in?
I am 103 and I will be here when Jesus returns! The church will take care of me.
That is too morbid for me to think about right now I am on a fast for spiritual growth!
I will donate my body to USC or UCLA!
That is none of your business.
What can you provide for me that am $25.00 or less per month?
I will never die!
You must be kidding me!
I wanna be buried by my momma!
Do you have a family plan?
I thought I took care of everything when I purchased my plot!
Are you trying to frighten me?
What does it cost?
Can I pay monthly?
What are the 49 things that must be done before you are buried or cremated?
Do you need to make a down payment?
What will happen if I die before I pay it off; the trustee will pay for your mortuary services!
Some family members tell their love one not to burn me up!
Now ask yourself this question: If Jesus does not come before I die, what am I going to do with my body? Now that we have most of your doubt on the table, the real issues of how we dispose of our bodies is available for discussion. We are born to die.
Someone recently told me something about death that has stuck with me and what he said to me is that we all are responsible for what happens to our bodies at death. When he said it, it sounded foreign and out of place. As I began to think about it, I realized he was right. God has loaned our body to us to use while on the earth!
I know many say it is not my job to bury myself and others have a do not care attitude about what happens to Gods’ gift to us. Still others are extremely meticulous about what happens to them at death. Some of these individuals tell their love one not to burn them up at death or they say what kind of casket they want to buried in.
The whole idea of this article is to awaken you to the understanding that you have responsibility for what happens to your body at death, just as you have the responsibility to decide if you will go to heaven or hell after death. Before you actually get to heaven or hell, your body must go through mortuary services for burial or cremation unless Jesus comes to rapture us first.
There is some confusion about what happens at death so let me share my take on it!
- When a person dies at some point the doctor or coroner is called to declare the time and cause of death, if there are strange circumstances there could be a requirement to have an autopsy
- A mortuary is called to pick up the body and prepare it for cremation or burial
- A home funeral service or a graveside service then the body is buried in the ground or mausoleum or the cremains are placed in an Urn in a niche.
There are two distinct processes to consider in order for the process of transition: Mortuary Services and Cemetery. Those who have served in the armed services to have a place to be buried in one of the National Cemeteries but they do not have Mortuary services provided by the government.
Most everyone that departs this life needs the services of a competent Mortuary first then the services of cemetery. There are some Cemeteries and Mortuaries combine to provide complete service to the family.
I work in this industry because God gave me a heart of love for families.
In preparation for the worst day of your life if you are not prepared, it is important to consider and implement a pre – need program that includes acquisition of Mortuary Service and Cemetery Property.
- Body preparation
- Embalming if required
- Casket selection
- Possible preparation for cremation if not being buried
- Some type of service before burial
- Purchase a plot
- Purchase a mausoleum
- Purchase a Niche
- Pay for Open and Closing
- Pay for Marker
- Pay for Endowment Care
If you want to be proactive about your death, take immediate action to put in place a pre-need program that can cost pennies on the dollar for your Mortuary and Cemetery needs.
Are you ready to take action – schedule time with me as soon as possible?