End-of-Life Planning: A Task for the Church

End-of-Life Planning: A Task for the Church

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The Rev. Mary Piper has made available forms she’s developed to assist families with end-of-life planning. Currently the supply priest at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Shady Cove, Oregon, Mary was ordained a priest in Montana in 2000 after serving seven years as a deacon and relocated to Ashland in 2005.

Her work as a hospice chaplain alerted her to the need for families to discuss and document funeral planning, contact information, financial matters, and even computer and website passwords.

“The church is the place we should be talking about end-of-life planning,” Mary says. “Yet, many people find it so hard.”

From a bulletin announcement she frequently uses, Mary says:

Ever worry about what crazy music or readings your family might choose for your funeral? Here’s your chance to make decisions and let your family know! “Jesus said to them, I have come that they might have life and have it abundantly” John 10:10 NRSV

Making decisions about what is to happen after our death can free us to live fully now.  

Please refer to the linked example forms, one oriented toward Episcopalians and the other toward other Christian denominations and interfaith services. Mary is available for consultation or for (virtual) presentations to your congregation and can be reached via email.