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PLANNING IS A PART OF LIFE

Courtesy of National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)

 

You plan for your first home, your child’s education, and your retirement.  Having and keeping an organized plan is helpful toward being prepared and living comfortably in the future.  More and more families are realizing this, as well as the benefits of planning their funerals ahead of time.

Many people often feel a little uneasy when they think about their own, or a loved one’s, funeral.  This is a normal reaction.  But pre-planning a funeral can offer a surprising degree of emotional, and sometimes even financial, security. It can also relieve your family of having to make important organizational and financial decisions during a period of stress and grief.  A pre-planned funeral gives your family peace of mind, knowing your funeral service was conducted according to your wishes.

“It’s been a very difficult time for our family… but I’m glad my wife and I pre-planned.  By having a funeral focusing around her passions in life, it was almost like she was here, saying goodbye to us.”

There are various ways you can plan a funeral.  Whether you choose to pre-plan, prearrange, or even prepay, make a decision that feels right.  Taking steps to being prepared provides a wide range of benefits for you and your family, including the ability to:

  • Make your funeral wishes known to your family and your funeral director/service specialist.
  • Educate yourself about the many decisions involved in planning a funeral.  Your choices are nearly limitless, and narrowing decisions ahead of time can help.
  • Take time to find the right funeral director/service specialist and funeral home.
  • Make arrangements when you and your loved ones have more time and a clearer perspective, rather than when you or your family is under stress.
  • Receive more input from your family, which is who a funeral is really for.  This also helps prevent disagreements about your wishes, giving your family a clear idea of the type of service you want.
  • Make adjustments when the time comes.  Life is full of change, and your loved ones may want to make a few adjustments later on that make the service even more meaningful.  For that reason, your plan should be flexible enough to accommodate new thoughts and considerations that arise as time passes.

 

TAKING YOUR PLAN TO THE NEXT STEP

The most important thing to remember in this process is that you should do what is right for you and your family. While pre-planning your funeral is the foundation for a variety of planning options, individuals also find prepaying to be advantageous, both personally and financially.

Prepaying helps to ensure that the financial responsibility for funeral costs is not placed on your family members.  Completing this in advance relieves survivors from paying for these costs.  If you are able to purchase a guaranteed-price contract, you may also save money because prices will be locked in at today’s rates, eliminating the effects of inflation.

If you feel prepaying is for you, be sure to go over all available options with your funeral director.  Remember, like any contract, ask any and all questions you may have regarding your plan before you sign an agreement.  Options for prepaying funeral arrangements may include:

  • A regulated trust that can be established by a licensed funeral director.
  • A life-insurance policy or an annuity that can be purchased, equal to the value of the funeral.
  • A savings or certificate of deposit account earmarked for funeral expenses.  The account can be designated as “payable on death” (POD) to the funeral home.

Each method has its advantages and varies from state to state.  To help determine which option is best for you, make sure to ask your funeral director the following questions:

  • What types of contracts does the funeral home offer?
  • Who receives the interest on the account?
  • Who must pay taxes on the interest?
  • Is the prepayment refundable, in part or in full?
  • Can the plan be transferred to a different funeral home of your choice?
  • What happens if the funeral home goes out of business or is sold?
  • How are the funds invested?
  • Is an irrevocable agreement right for me?

Once you’ve made your pre-arrangements, keep a copy of your plan and any pertinent paperwork in a safe place.  Do not put this information in your will because that document is read after the funeral.  Also, tell a close relative or friend what arrangements you’ve made and where the information may be found.

 

OTHER TIPS FOR PRE-PLANNING A FUNERAL

  • Choose a funeral director/service specialist who has a good reputation in the community.
  • Have at least one family member sit in during arrangements to help plan.
  • Make sure your plan is flexible enough to allow for alterations.
  • Make sure everything you talk about is put into writing.  Get copies for you and your family.

 

PRE-PLANNING WORKSHEET

The following is a worksheet that you can fill out before meeting with a funeral director/service specialist.  It will help you collect your thoughts as you begin to pre-plan.  While you may find it difficult to think about this information, try to consider what will be best for you and your family.

  • Full name
  • Maiden name (if applicable)
  • Date and place of birth
  • Names of parents (address and phone number if living)
  • Social Security number
  • Name, address, and phone number of spouse
  • Names, addresses, and phone numbers of children
  • Names, addresses, and phone numbers of siblings
  • Names, addresses, and phone numbers of other relatives and friends to notify
  • Names and addresses of previous spouses (if applicable)
  • Names and addresses of present and previous employers
  • Veterans: Branch of service and outfit
  • Date and place of enlistment
  • Date and place of discharge
  • Commendations received
  • Location of discharge papers
  • Religious affiliation
  • Place of worship
  • Clergy or other person(s) you would like to officiate
  • Professional and fraternal organization memberships
  • Education (schools, dates attended, and degrees or honors received)
  • Newspapers obituaries
  • Other locations of obituaries
  • Organ donation (information from authorization card and person to be notified)
  • Funeral home and funeral director you prefer
  • Visitation instructions
  • Readings you prefer
  • Other preferences
  • Donations you would like to have made in your memory
  • Names, addresses, and phone numbers of casket bearers
  • Name, address, and location of cemetery property (include lot, grave number, marker, monument information, if prepaid)
  • Casket preference
  • Vault preference
  • If you wish to be cremated, include the location preference of final disposition

 

PRE-PLANNING A MEANINGFUL FUNERAL

When you plan a funeral, you’re arranging a celebration of your life to present to the people that have had the greatest impact on you.  So whether you desire a traditional service or something a little different, there’s always room for personalization.  Your creativity can help provide a lasting impression for loved ones.  Remember, the goal is to celebrate a life, giving friends and loved ones a chance to reminisce and say goodbye.

Personal additions and tributes are a powerful way to bring an individual’s personality to the ceremony, providing a feeling of closeness for those attending.  A favorite song or CD, a small memento or a favorite poem or story told by a friend or family member can be very meaningful.  Themes such as fishing, baseball, embroidery, or a religious theme can also help family and friends reflect.  Other ideas include placing chairs in small, intimate clusters around the room or creating a small memorial such as planting a tree or making a contribution to a relevant charity.  Below are some ideas to assist you in planning a more personalized funeral.

Some of my fondest memories are… ____________________________________

Some of my most important accomplishments include… ____________________

My favorite music is… ______________________________________________

My hobbies and interests include… ____________________________________

Other things that give me enjoyment are… ______________________________

The causes and beliefs I am most passionate about are… ____________________

Special instructions I would like to include are… __________________________

 

SECURING TOMORROW TODAY

When handled with the care and attention given to all of life’s plans, prearranged funerals can provide relief and peace of mind to your family, both now and in the future.  Pre-planning can also ensure a meaningful, memorable funeral service – one carefully created for a life worth celebrating.

 

“My husband and I felt a little uncomfortable discussing our funerals – especially since we had so much life left in front of us.  But afterward, it seemed like a weight had been lifted off our shoulders.  It was one less thing we and our children would have to worry about.”

 

Tomasa Cuyo Mario

a housewife, peacefully joined her Creator on the 30th of October 2012 at the age of 85.

Her remains lie in state for viewing at Chapel E (2nd floor) of Marian Memorial Chapels along Marcos Highway in Antipolo City.

Interment will be on Tuesday November 6, 2012 at Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City at 10AM.

Jovelyn Evangelista Laplano

joined her Creator on the 30th of October 2012 at the age of 41.

Her remains lie in state for viewing at Chapel B (ground floor) of Marian Memorial Chapels along Marcos Highway in Antipolo City.

Interment will be on Tuesday November 6, 2012 at Cainta Municipal Public Cemetery in Cainta, Rizal at 2PM.

Rest in Hope

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; moreover my flesh also will rest in hope.”  (Acts 2:26, NKJV)

 

TODAY’S WORD

So many people today live with stress, anxiety, pressure, and worry, but that’s not God’s plan for our lives.  He wants us to live in peace, confidence, and rest in hope.  Think about that for a moment.  How can we rest in hope?  It’s sort of like when we’re watching the replay of our favorite ball game.  We already know the outcome.  We don’t have to worry about what’s happening, we just enjoy the plays.  The same is true in life.  When we know God’s Word, when we obey His commands, then we know the outcome for life.  We know that He is always for our good.  We know that He has plans to prosper us, not to harm us!

Today’s Scripture tells us what to do while we are waiting to see His promises come to pass — we should let our tongue be glad.  In other words, we should be speaking the victory.  We should be declaring His goodness.  We should be filled with His joy.  When our mouth is aligned with God’s Word, when our heart rejoices, then we can rest in hope knowing that victory is on the way!

 

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father God, thank You for victory that overcomes the world.  Thank You for giving me hope in my final outcome.  I choose to cast my cares on You today, I choose to rejoice, I choose to speak Your Word as I celebrate the good things You have in store for me in Jesus’ name!  Amen.

 

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

 

Faustino Frilles Gile

a retiree, peacefully joined his Creator on the 29th of October 2012 at the age of 72.

His remains lie in state for viewing at Chapel A (ground floor) of Marian Memorial Chapels along Marcos Highway in Antipolo City.

Interment will be on Sunday November 4, 2012 at Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City at 3PM.

Wait with Confidence

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“…See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.  You too, be patient and stand firm…”  (James 5:7–8 NIV)

 

TODAY’S WORD

In the book of James, the Bible tells us that we should wait for God’s promises like a farmer waits for his harvest.  Now, I’ve never seen a farmer plant a crop and then worry night and day about whether or not it’s going to come up.  He doesn’t lose sleep thinking, “Oh, I hope that my corn is going to take root.  Please, God, let my corn bring a harvest.”  No, he waits with confidence, knowing that the harvest will come.  He does his part, and he knows that seed will produce a good crop.

In the same way, we should wait confidently for the promises of God.  We have to stand firm on His Word.  It’s not enough to just hope that our situation is going to turn around.  Instead of the attitude, “I hope I get well,” have the attitude of confidence and say, “Thank You, Lord, that I am getting well.”  Start waiting like the farmer.  Wait with a knowing.  Wait with confidence.  Be sure that as we put God’s Word into practice, just like the farmer, we will see that harvest of blessing in our own life in return.

 

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your faithfulness in my life.  Today, I choose to stand firm on Your Word.  I choose to follow Your commands and believe that I will see Your promises come to pass in my life.  In Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen.

 

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

 

Ricardo Sibug Lima

a widower, peacefully joined his Creator on the 27th of October 2012 at the age of 84.

His remains lie in state for viewing at Chapel C (ground floor) of Marian Memorial Chapels along Marcos Highway in Antipolo City.

Interment will be on Saturday November 3, 2012 at Holy Gardens along Sumulong Highway in Antipolo City after the 1PM Mass at St. Therese.

He Collects Your Tears

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“You keep track of all my sorrows.  You have collected all my tears in your bottle.  You have recorded each one in your book.”  (Psalm 56:8, NLT)

 

TODAY’S WORD

Do we know how important we are to God?  He cares so much about every detail of our lives.  He cares about our thoughts, feelings, and emotions.  In fact, what we are going through is so important to Him that He records every sorrow and collects every tear we’ve shed.  Why would God record our sorrows and collect our tears?  Because He loves us so much, and He is our Vindicator.  He’s keeping account of every wrong that’s ever been done to us so that He can make up for every single one of them.  He wants to restore everything that has ever been stolen.  He wants to heal every single hurt and pain.  He sees the longings and desires of our hearts, and we can rest knowing that He is working things out for our good!

So today, know that we are precious to Him.  He has our best interest at heart.  He is working to bring restoration and peace to us.  Keep standing, keep believing, and keep doing the right thing because the One who collects our tears will restore every broken place in our lives!

 

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me and setting me free.  Thank You for being my Vindicator.  I choose to release every hurt, pain, and sorrow knowing that You will make all things new in Your time.  In Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen.

 

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

 

Tagumpay Soto Lintag

a retiree, peacefully joined his Creator on the 24th of October 2012 at the age of 85.

His remains lie in state for viewing at Chapel B (ground floor) of Marian Memorial Chapels along Marcos Highway in Antipolo City.

Cremation will be on Monday October 29, 2012 at Loyola Memorial Park Crematorium in Marikina City at 11AM.

Understand His Will

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”  (Ephesians 5:17, NKJV)

 

TODAY’S WORD

Faith begins where the will of God is known.  If we don’t understand God’s will, how can we have faith in what He wants to do in our life?  Scripture says that when we understand His will, we are wise.  How do we know what God’s will is?  By reading and studying His Word.  He tells us in Scripture that His plans are for our good.  He tells us that He takes pleasure in prospering His children.  He tells us that His desire is for us to live in health, peace, and joy.

Today and every day, take time to develop our faith by reading His Word and connecting with the Father through prayer.  Ask the Holy Spirit to direct our Bible study time.  He is our helper, and He desires to reveal the will of the Father to our heart.  As we submit our life to Him, we will understand His will and walk in supernatural wisdom in every area of our life!

 

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me Your Word which contains Your promises.  I commit myself to You to study and learn so that I may know You and Your goodness.  I invite You to work in and through me.  In Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen.

 

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

 

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