Three Questions to Ask for a Eulogy
While I professionally serve and live my calling as a Life-Cycle Celebrant® and Home Funeral Guide – I am first and foremost in my life a friend, sister, and daughter. Lately I’ve experienced many inquiries from friends and relatives about how to approach sensitive end-of-life situations for others in their lives. I am often their first call for insight and treasure these opportunities for discussion and exploration, difficult as they may feel sometimes.
Lately I’ve been reflecting on this: the questions I offer families or individuals, to help create vivid remembrance rituals or eulogize a life they celebrate, are really questions for how we live. The more I say these questions aloud and pass them along in quiet conversation, the more I see them as gifts for NOW, for how we live today. Here are my top three among a larger list:
1) What is her/his chief legacy?
2) What adjectives most fully describe her/his presence? (both the light and the shadow sides!)
3) How did she/he face challenges in life?
See how easy these are to turn around and apply to ourselves in this moment?
1) What do I choose as my chief legacy?
2) What adjectives most fully describe me?
3) How do I face challenges in life?
I am curious: are you already asking yourself these kinds of questions? Does it make a difference for you? We broach these kinds of topics in our Tucson Death Cafe conversations . . . always a life-affirming experience and likely why I’ve had this light bulb moment about these simple questions this morning!
Thanks in advance anyone who comments . . . you know I do love to hear from you!