Are you ready to die?
Ok let me rephrase that are you prepared for your death?
For some people, talking about death is morbid. Some people try to avoid the topic of dying because it’s very gloomy. While talking about death is sort of creepy , it’s the only thing that is sure to happen to all of us. There’s no doubt about it, it will eventually happen. How and when is something unsure but when it does happen are you ready for it?
A few months ago I confided with a guy I’m seeing about my morbid thoughts about death and dying. He did not think it was morbid though although he said it was out of character. I was such a jolly happy-go-lucky kind of person that talking about death was not so me. He listened though and ask why such thoughts. I said beause he infected me with his worrysomeness . He confided to me a lot about his worry about the future .
On our talks about death I told him I had prepared my Last Will and Testament where I laid down how I want my funeral be to who will take care of my daughter and where to get monies and all. Yes, I have my last will prepared. Death is something I have been thinking about because of the recent departures of friends I have witness just this year. It is heartbreaking yet it is a fact of life.
Recently, I was invited to take a tour around the Phoenix Memorial Chapel & Crematory. I know right!
Well, I went. It’s something new to explore (you know me I like writing and experiencing new things!) Plus like I said it is an inevitable fact of life we all have to face sooner or later who knows.
It was not a surprise to see the place so serene. What I did not expect is that how a memorial park could look so inviting with hotel like facilities almost fit for a staycation! Yeah it’s that good looking!
When my father departed more than 8 years ago, I was lost and confused I didn’t know what to do especially with the funeral arrangements and stuff. I don’t know anything about it, I have not faced death in the immediate family until that time.
What made that time more confusing was my older sister was working out-out-of-the-country then. My older brother he comes and he goes. Our relatives were like on the other side of the city (we are from the North they are from the South!) Mom don’t know about funeral arrangements. I was left to do everything even if I was a lost soul . My father died! How to deal with it and do all the responsibilities, I was not prepared for this! Thank God to good friends (Efren Reyes Jr., I shall not forget you!) I dialed on my phonebook that time they were the ones who helped me with everything.
Back to Phoenix Memorial Chapel and Crematory…
As they present what the place was all about I was pleased. They introduced the concept of Funeral Services Event Coordinator who will make life easier for those who were left behind. Someone who just lost a loved one would want to mourn properly and say the best goodbye to their loved ones. Here they can do that for you and create an AVP presentation for the departed with musical scoring and editing plus a mini-museum of the departed’s personal belongings and memorabilias. A personalized memorabilia that would allow the relatives, friends and guests for a walk through the life and memories of the departed ! I would have availed of this service during my father’s wake.
The facility also inlude a hotel-like reception and lobby, viewing chapels with exquisite interiors , and hotel like family rooms so that the family of the departed can take rest and recharge during the wake. They also provide wifi access which can be used for online wake viewing for those with relatives or families from far places and abroad.
Aside from what I mentioned above, they plan to become the first-ever Leisure Memorial Park in the country. The Centennial Garden in Sta. Rosa City plans to have a Necro Museum soon. This necro museum will show different images , structures and educate visitors on how burials were done in the past.
Now, I ask you, have you thought about your death?
Stay gorgeous everyone!