For pretty much everyone reading this, the very first question we ever asked was why? As a toddler, our curiosity for all things caused us to ask our parents, sometimes to the point of minor harassment, an endless stream of why questions.
Why are there clouds in the sky? Why are there no more dinosaurs? Why does it rain? Why is the sky blue? Why do I have to go to school?
As we got older, we asked more why questions and often got our answers. Then, as life went on, some of the why questions were harder to answer. Why is there evil in the world? Why do some people suffer? Why are there wars? Why did he or she have to die?
We don’t always know the why of things, but we often know the certainty of them and even the when. We know when it’s our wedding anniversary and we better not forget it! We know that if we want to buy a house, we’ll need to save up for a down payment and once we own it, we’ll have to save to pay for maintenance costs. If we have children and they have dreams of pursuing a career that requires higher education, we know that we’ll have to set aside funds to help pay that expense.
When it comes to our own existence, we may not know the why or when, but we do know that at some point, hopefully after a long and fruitful journey, will all leave this earth. It is not something we should obsess over, but rather acknowledge that it is a part of the natural course of life. Not knowing the why or the when should not stop us from protecting our families and preparing ahead of time, as we should in obtaining life insurance, saving for college or other major purchases, or retirement.
Planning ahead gives us peace of mind and allows us to focus on the important things in life, such as answering those “why” questions for our curious children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and neighbors. To learn more about planning your family memorial, please call Forest Lawn at 888-204-3131