The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Make plans now

Decisions for living and dying ease the burden for others

Death will come, we all know it. At whatever age it comes, advance decision-making, anticipation of end-of-life issues and preplanning may ease a difficult time.

Perhaps you, too, have heard horror stories about tax consequences because there's no will, or of an added burden when no guardian was selected for surviving children. It may be reason enough that we, as stewards of God's gifts, should focus on decisions for living and dying.

Although many still consider matters related to death taboo, or at least uncomfortable, two fundamental actions are key:

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