Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Live Long and Be Healthy!

Yesterday, I went to the funeral of the mother of one of my friends (Nancy Anderson). She was 95, pretty healthy, and still had a sharp mind. She had a fall on Friday and broke her femur. On Saturday, Nancy and her sister spent the day with her. She was in pretty good spirits and ate too. They were there all day and left around 4 p.m. They even watched the Vanderbilt game together. Around 6, Nancy got a call that her mother's heart had stopped once and was "acting up" (my words---I don't remember exactly what she said). By the time she, her sister and brother got back to the hospital, she had already passed away. She died so peacefully. What a way to go.

Anyway, I was so impressed by how many people turned out for the funeral. All of her friends were already gone, so the people there were supporting their friends. That got me to thinking. I wonder how many people would come to my funeral. I've decided that maybe it's not too late to start lobbying for a big attendance. Why not? I've already selected the songs I want at my Mass. I have a folder in our file about what I want the family to do. I want them to have a big party about ME. Everyone needs to sit around and tell fun stories about me. Since I'm all about the story, wouldn't that be the best thing?

And for anyone that comes to my funeral, I plan to be watching from above and taking names. Plus, as added enticement, I'll see that you get extra blessings bestowed on you!!!

It's always sad when someone passes, but wouldn't it be great to live long and be healthy at the same time? That's what I'm aiming for!!


  1. I agree and also to keep a sharp mind.

  2. This made me think today. My Mum turned 82 yesterday. She has had MS for over 30 years and not one of us (including the lady herself!) ever expected her to be around to see her Grandson off to college. She amazes us and it does make me wonder what I'd be like should I ever reach the same age myself.

  3. Catching up with you today. I was at a funeral yesterday, it was the mother of my friend. I had never met her but I went along to support Marcella and her family. The place was full to the brim! Your party will be wonderful, I will be there in spirit if I'm still here in person x

  4. Yes, to be able to live long and healthily is a worthy aim. And I admire your forward planning!

  5. Living a long and healthy life sounds good to me. Quakers are told to have their papers in order to make things easier for those left behind so I have a similar file :)

  6. When my Dad died all I had to do was put the correct dates in his obituary and make sure his age was correct. He had organised and paid for everything. Oh I had to make a couple of phone calls, visit the registrar to register his death, and one trip to his bank and that was it. I haven't paid for my funeral but I do have everything in a file together with copies of our wills.
    Always good.


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