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Do I Have to Go to the Funeral?

If you’re asking if you have to go to funerals at funeral homes in Burtonsville, MD, the short answer is, “Yes.” Almost no one likes to go to funerals. Some people are so funeral-adverse that they make the effort to go to the funerals of people they love and care about, drive around the funeral home parking lot for several minutes to try to work up the courage to go inside, and then end up leaving and not attending the funeral.

Funerals aren’t fun social occasions, unlike the other social gatherings of weddings, birthday parties, graduation parties and holidays where friends and family come together to enjoy the event. However, attending funerals is just as important as attending any of these other life events. As adults, we have to come to grips with the reality that death is part of life, not just of the person who has died, but also, eventually, of our own lives.

It can be inconvenient to attend funerals. They may require that you travel some distance to attend. They may require that you take some time off of work or that you miss some other activity you or your family has scheduled. They may require that you rearrange your normal evening schedule and that you eat and go to sleep later than you normally do.

These are sacrifices for others that you should make because in the end, attending funerals is about showing respect for and paying tribute to someone who has died and offering support and encouragement to a bereaved family.

Sometimes a friend or a family member of a friend – or even a family member – lives too far away for it to be practical to attend the funeral in person. However, many people now livestream their loved ones’ funerals for this reason, so if you can’t be at the funeral physically, you should attend virtually through the livestream.

Often funeral services are held on one day (usually in the evening after normal working hours so as many people who would like to can attend) and the graveside services are held the next day, during daylight hours. Unless you are an immediate family or are a close friend of the deceased or the deceased’s family, you do not have to attend both ceremonies. But be sure to attend one of them.

You may be hesitant to attend a funeral because you were emotionally close to the person who died or you are emotionally close to the family of the deceased and you don’t think you can make it through the funeral without falling apart. While it may be difficult, it’s important to remember that no matter how grief-stricken you may be, the funeral is about the immediate family of the deceased and that’s where your attention and focus must be.

There will be time for you to grieve the loss after the funeral, but it’s important to show up and be there for the grieving family during the funeral process.

If going to the viewing or visitation will be the part of the funeral that impacts you most emotionally, then just attend the funeral. However, be sure to send the bereaved family a personal and meaningful sympathy card and a gift like a flowering plant to let them know that you’re thinking about them.

If you’d like to know more about attending funerals at funeral homes in Burtonsville, MD, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can visit our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can call us today at (301) 937-1707.

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Funeral Planning Guide for the Bereaved

As you’re planning funerals at funeral homes in Greenbelt, MD, you will find that trying to make many decisions while you’re grieving can be very difficult. However, your funeral director will help with every single aspect, so you will not have to go through the funeral planning process all by yourself.

One of the first decisions you will have to make is where you want to hold the funeral service. Traditionally, funeral services are held at the funeral home or in a place of worship. However, they can also be held somewhere that may have been a special or favorite place of your loved one. When you are choosing the location for the funeral service, you should consider whether it is an appropriate venue for the type of funeral service that you are planning to have.

The next decision that you’ll need to make is about the service itself. You’ll need to decide who will perform the service. While this is often a clergy member, you are free to choose anyone you would like to perform it.

If you want to include eulogies in the funeral service for your loved one, you need to identify the people that you would like to give eulogies, and then make sure they are willing to do them. Not everyone, even if they were very close to your deceased loved one, will be comfortable trying to put a eulogy together and/or speaking in front of people.

Please don’t be upset if someone you’d like to give a eulogy declines to do so. Respect that they cared deeply for your loved one, but they may not be able to express that in the public manner that a eulogy requires.

Another decision that you’ll need to make about the funeral service is whether you want to include a video tribute to your loved one, have a photo display that chronicles the life and achievements of your loved one, and music that your loved one may have liked or would have enjoyed.

None of these is required elements of a funeral service, although music of some sort is typically included in a funeral service, but these are elements that make the funeral service more personalized and will help mourners who attend learn more about what made your loved one so special.

An additional element in the funeral that will need to be decided is military honors. If your deceased loved one was a military veteran, they are entitled to military honors (they are also entitled to free burial, with a free gravestone or grave marker, in a national cemetery).

Military honors are performed by either a local National Guard unit or veterans organization. They include a United States flag, which is presented to the deceased’s family, and TAPs (which may be played live or which is recorded). You will need your loved one’s military separation orders (a copy of Form DD-214) to give to the funeral director, who will make the arrangements for military honors to be presented.

You will also need to decide whether you want an open or closed casket at the funeral service, as well as who you want to serve as pallbearers.

Finally, you’ll need to decide whether you want a public or private burial and whether or not you want a service performed at the grave site before your loved one is buried.

If you’d like to know more about planning funerals at funeral homes in Greenbelt, MD, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can visit our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can call us today at (301) 937-1707.

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What You Need to Do After a Funeral

After funerals at funeral homes in Beltsville, MD, the family of the deceased will need to take care of the final affairs of their loved one. This includes handling their estate (which will typically include a will or a revocable trust), taking care of their financial affairs, and handling administrative tasks.

The first thing that should be done is hand-writing and sending thank-you notes or cards (these are provided by the funeral home) to all the people who participated in the funeral (including pallbearers and clergy), people who sent plants and flowers, people who provided meals or other gifts during the funeral process, and people who made memorial donations in the name of your deceased loved one.

The next thing that will need to be done is to start handling estate matters. If your loved one had a will or revocable trust, then the person named as executor or trustee will be responsible for handling anything related to the estate.

They will be responsible for paying any outstanding debts, making claims for life insurance and other death benefits, distributing assets to heirs or beneficiaries, and notifying the Social Security Administration (if the deceased was retired) of the death.

The executor or trustee must also cancel credit cards, online shopping accounts, and they must manage financial accounts, including transferring banking and investment accounts into the name of the executor or trustee.

If your loved one had property that was mortgaged or that has outstanding loans on them, the odds are good that the executor, if they want to retain the property, will have to get a new mortgage and loans in their name to pay off the property. If they choose not to keep the property, then they can sell it to pay off anything that is owed on the property.

None of these things can be done without death certificates. When you meet with the funeral director to plan the funeral, they will ask you how many copies of the death certificate you will need. If your loved one’s estate is not large, 20 or 25 copies of the death certificate should be sufficient. If the estate is large and there are a lot of assets, you will need more copies of the death certificate.

If you get 20 or 25 copies of the death certificate and discover later that you need more, just let the funeral director know how many more copies you need and they will be able to get them for you.

If your deceased loved one was employed, you’ve already notified their employer that they are deceased. However, you should check with the employer’s human resources department to see if there are benefits available. These would include things like outstanding pay, personal time off pay, 401(k) accounts, life insurance, and profit-sharing plans.

You should notify fraternal, social, academic, and religious organizations that your loved one belonged to of their death. You should also notify the Department of Motor Vehicles so that all vehicle licenses and titles can be transferred to the estate.

Don’t forget about digital assets. These include things like social medial accounts, email accounts, and blog accounts (if your loved one had one). If you don’t plan on using or checking the email accounts, then you can save the messages and delete the accounts.

If you’d like to know more about what to do after funerals at funeral homes in Beltsville, MD, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can visit our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can call us today at (301) 937-1707.

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Do I Look All Right?

When attending funerals at funeral homes in Burtonsville, MD, you should remember that it is classified as a special occasion that is designed to pay respects to and honor the memory of someone who has died. Because of that, you should follow some general guidelines about what to wear and what not to wear.

The key thing to remember in dressing to attend a funeral service is that you do not want to draw attention away from the deceased person or the grieving family because of what you’re wearing.

Dressing conservatively is always a good choice when you are dressing for a funeral service. Although you don’t have to wear black (although that is the general color choice for funeral services), you should dress in more muted colors, such as dark brown, gray, or navy. You’ll want to avoid bright colors and printed fabrics, since they will stand out and draw unnecessary attention to you at the funeral service.

Women should avoid tight-fighting clothing, such as mini-skirts or leggings, and they should also avoid clothing that shows a lot of skin, such as low-cut necklines or sleeveless dresses (if you wear a sleeveless dress, be sure to wear a sweater or jacket with it so that your arms are covered). Acceptable attire for women includes skirts and blouses, modest dresses, and professional pantsuits.

Women should keep their accessories low-key. As far as jewelry goes, a watch and wedding ring are acceptable, but dangling earrings and lots of bracelets and necklaces should be avoided. Do not wear sandals, flip-flops, or high heels. Instead, wear a comfortable pair of flat dress shoes that you can walk easily – and noiselessly – in. In addition, avoid wearing hats to funerals unless that is the custom. If you do wear a dress hat, make sure that it is a small hat that fits well and won’t obscure the view of other mourners.

Men should not wear jeans, t-shirts, shorts, tennis shoes, or sandals to a funeral service. They should also not wear a hat into the service itself (hats should be removed and carried inside or not worn at all).

Instead men should wear business casual or business attire to a funeral service. This can include a white dress shirt, black, brown, or gray pants, and a matching sports coat, or a suit and tie. If you wear a tie, choose one that is very simple (no loud colors or wild designs). Men should wear matching dress shoes as well.

However, there are some exceptions to these general guidelines on what to wear to a funeral service, but they are very specific.

For example, if you are a member or a veteran of the military and you are attending a military funeral, then it is acceptable to wear your dress uniform to the military service. The same is true for funerals for law enforcement officers and firefighters, where current members of law enforcement or current firefighters may wear their dress uniforms to the funeral service of a fellow officer or firefighter.

The other exception is when the religion or culture of the deceased requires a different type of attire. You should check with the family of the deceased to find out what is appropriate for you to wear to their loved one’s funeral.

If you’d like to know more about funeral dress at funeral homes in Burtonsville, MD, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can visit our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can call us today at (301) 937-1707.

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What is a Graveside Service?

Funeral homes in Greenbelt, MD can help you plan and choose to have both funeral service and a graveside service, or just a graveside service for your loved one. But since more people attend funeral services than attend graveside services, people may not know exactly what to expect at a graveside service.

A graveside service takes place at the plot where the deceased will be buried. This service is often religious in tone, but is much shorter than a funeral service or memorial service, because it is essentially a service to commit the deceased person’s remains to the ground.

A graveside service is almost always a much more intimate service than the funeral service, simply because fewer people attend graveside services. It can also be a much more emotional service than the funeral service as well.

While some families opt for private graveside services, many graveside services are public in the sense that anyone who would like to attend can attend.

Graveside services begin at the funeral home. After the funeral service, drivers who will be going to the graveside service get their vehicles in line for the funeral procession that makes its way from the funeral home to the cemetery.

With the hearse in the lead, the funeral procession will slowly take the deceased to its place of final rest. If the cemetery is located next to the funeral chapel, then mourners will simply follow the family out to the burial plot.

A graveside service can be held for either the burial of a casket or for the interment of cremated remains (whether in a columbarium niche, a mausoleum, or in a cemetery plot). A clergy member will usually offer a prayer for the deceased and a prayer for the family before the deceased is interred (some cemeteries wait until the family is gone before they lowered the casket into the burial plot, since this can be very difficult to watch).

At a graveside service, the family of the deceased always sits right in front of the casket. The funeral home will have chairs set up under a canopy, so that once the family is seated, other people can sit in the chairs behind them until they are all occupied. It’s good form to leave these chairs for extended family and close friends. The general rule of thumb in this situation is that the more distant your relationship to the family, the farther away you are from the casket and the burial plot.

Knowing what to say after a graveside service can be difficult. Sometimes the family is allowed to leave first, especially if there’s no reception planned, so you may not even have an opportunity to speak with them at the graveside service.

But if there’s a reception afterward, be sure to express your condolences to the family and then you can leave, unless everyone who attends the graveside service is invited to the reception and you decide you want to attend.

Be sure to leave in a way that honors the deceased. Do not arrive at the graveside service nor leave it with music blaring and bass thumping. If you listen to the radio on the way to the cemetery, be sure to turn it off before you get to the cemetery.

If you’d like to know more about graveside services at funeral homes in Greenbelt, MD, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can visit our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can call us today at (301) 937-1707.

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What to Say in a Sympathy Card

Funeral homes in Beltsville, MD can help you send sympathy cards to someone whose loved one has died. Sympathy cards are a traditional way to express condolences, offer comfort, and offer support to bereaved families.

The importance of a sympathy card cannot be overstated. Sympathy cards acknowledge that someone you know, whether you know them well or not, has had someone they love die and they are suffering from a loss. Even if there is already an inscription in the sympathy card you choose to send, you should include a handwritten note that expresses your condolences.

When you write a sympathy card, be sure to include the name of the person who died. Many people are hesitant to do this when families are grieving because they believe that the name will intensify the grief and sorrow. Just the opposite, however, is true. Reading a deceased loved one’s name in a sympathy card will acknowledge the deceased’s life and acknowledge that they meant something to you. This will bring comfort, not more sorrow.

If you knew the person who died well – you are a family member or close friend – and you have a photograph of them that you know the family would appreciate, include it in the sympathy card. If it’s a photo they haven’t seen before, then having it will bring them a lot of comfort and they will treasure it.

If you have a great story or memory about the loved one who died, take the time to share it with the family. Sometimes other family members or close friends have memories of or stories about a person before anyone in their immediate family knew them, and hearing these, especially ones that highlight the great attributes of their loved one will be something they will relish and add to their own memories and stories.

If you don’t know exactly what to say in a sympathy card, you’re not alone. There are no perfect words that will make everything all right and undo the loss of a loved one. Instead, acknowledge their loss by saying their loved one’s name, acknowledge their pain and their grief over the loss, and let them know you care about them.

There are some very good things that you can say in a sympathy card that will simply, yet effectively get your message across. These phrases can be modified and used together to help you express your thoughts and feelings adequately.

One phrase you can write a variation of is, “I am so sorry to hear of [name of the deceased]’s death. They were a wonderful person, and I know you will all miss them very much. You all are in my prayers for comfort and peace in the days ahead.”

“I cannot express how sorry and sad I feel at the loss of your [child, spouse, parent, sibling, etc.], [name of the deceased]. Please accept my condolences, and be assured that you and your family are continually in my thoughts during this difficult time for you.” Is another phrase that you can put in your own words to expressed your condolences in a sympathy card.

If you’d like to know more about writing sympathy cards at funeral homes in Beltsville, MD, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can visit our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can call us today at (301) 937-1707.

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Ensuring Your Funeral Plans are Followed

To be sure your funeral plans are followed at funeral homes in Burtonsville, MD, you need to make sure that they are accessible to your family and kept in a place where they know how to and are able to locate them after you die.

The easiest way to get your funeral plans in place is to create a document on your computer that spells out everything that you want done or that should be done for your funeral. You can update it and make changes as often as you want. Make sure that the person who will be responsible for planning your funeral – and a backup person, in case your first choice has already died or is otherwise unable – has a current copy of your funeral plans, and can access the file on your computer.

Some software packages that allow you to create end-of-life legal documents have a funeral plan document included that lets you spell out what you want done for your funeral.

After you finalize your funeral plans by documenting them, you should talk with your family about them and make sure each one of them has a written – and dated – copy of your funeral plans.

Be aware that some of your family members, even though you may be close and have a great relationship, may not be happy or agree with your funeral plans. For instance, you may have decided to be cremated with your cremation remains scattered in a place that is significant to you, while your wife or children would like to see you buried in the same cemetery where the rest of your family who has died is buried.

There is actually a way to negotiate the example above in a way that will fulfill your wishes and your family’s wishes. You can alter your funeral plan to say that a portion of your cremation remains should be scattered in the place where you want them scattered and the rest will be buried in the family cemetery.

Having said that, it’s important to know what a powerful impact earing someone’s funeral plans has on others. What it conveys is that you have given dying and death a lot of thought and your funeral plans are what you’ve settled on for the end. The odds are good that even if some of your family members don’t like all your choices, they will respect them and carry them out anyway.

The most practical way to make sure that your funeral plans are followed, however, in the event that someone in your family (who’s in a decision-making role) so strongly objects that they refuse to abide by them is to preplan your funeral with the funeral home.

Take your funeral plan down to the funeral home and let them know that this is what you want done after you’re dead. Some people, if they have a funeral insurance policy, will provide the funeral home with insurance company name and the insurance policy number.

You can also take care of providing the funeral director with all your pertinent information, and in the event that you’re a retired military veteran who wants funeral honors at your memorial service, you can provide the funeral director with a copy of your military discharge order (DD-214).

By taking care of these things ahead of time, you are actually relieving your family of a very huge burden, and you may be eliminating tension and fighting that can often occur when people are stressed out and grieving.

If you’d like to know more about funeral planning at funeral homes in Burtonsville, MD, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can visit our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can call us today at (301) 937-1707.

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What is Funeral Insurance?

When planning funerals at funeral homes in Greenbelt, MD, it’s a good idea to consider purchasing funeral insurance to relieve your family of the burden of having to find the money – or take it out of your estate – to cover your funeral expenses.

The difference between life insurance and funeral insurance is that funeral insurance is a policy that is designed specifically to cover funeral expenses, while life insurance is a policy that can cover many different expenses and provide financial security for the family when someone dies.

While no one likes to think about funerals, especially when it comes to their own deaths, thinking about funeral insurance now can make sure your family has money already designated to cover all your funeral expenses. This means that if you also have a life insurance policy, that money can go toward securing the financial future of your family after you die.

Funeral insurance policies are different from life insurance policies in that there are no medical exams associated with them. In other words, everyone can buy funeral insurance policies, regardless of their age or health (life insurance policies can be quite expensive if they are purchased when people are older and/or have significant health problems).

There are many different avenues for purchasing funeral insurance policies, but one of the easiest – and perhaps most affordable – ways is to look at the insurance policies you already carry. Many people bundle their insurance – home, cars, contents of home, etc. – with a single company, so that they qualify for an overall discounted rate.

Consider making an appointment with your insurance agent to go over all your insurance coverage. Many times, for example, home insurance coverage equals the purchase price. If you’ve paid 10 or 15 years on a 30-year mortgage, then you can probably adjust the amount of coverage of your home insurance and convert some of that policy into a funeral policy. This is perhaps the easiest way to make sure you have funeral insurance in place.

Funeral insurance policies should be considered, as well, by people who would have to pay outrageously high premiums for life insurance because of their ages and/or their health. However, people who are younger and in good health should purchase life insurance instead – designating by a written instructions or in their wills that funeral expenses should be paid out of it – because they can get a lot of coverage for much lower premiums.

When you purchase a funeral insurance policy, you have three options on how to use it to pay for your funeral expenses. One is to name a beneficiary who will receive the payout on the insurance policy and then is responsible for paying your funeral expenses. Another is to designate the funeral home as the beneficiary – you should make sure they have a copy of a the funeral insurance policy – and the money will be paid directly to the funeral home to cover your funeral expenses. A third option is to create a preneed funeral agreement with the funeral home, where you set up a payment plan to pay your funeral expenses in advance.

Regardless of which way you go, a funeral insurance policy relieves your family of an additional worry and burden when you die, giving them some breathing room to focus on grieving and healing.

If you’d like to know more about funeral insurance at funeral homes in Greenbelt, MD, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can visit our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can call us today at (301) 937-1707.

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Who Will Take Care of the Dead?

Funeral homes in Beltsville, MD will take the deceased to their final resting places, which could be at cemeteries in small, rural communities, where the population is decreasing because younger people move away in search of more opportunity and the elderly people who stay began to die.

When the population of one of these communities declines, the question of who will maintain the cemeteries in the community becomes an issue. Combined with weather challenges, climate change, economic hardships, and the oddities of human behavior, the problem of who will maintain these rural cemeteries becomes even more complex.

Family and church cemeteries are usually maintained through contributions of members or others who have relatives buried there. These are the most likely cemeteries to fall into disrepair when people move and people die. There’s no more money to maintain the cemeteries.

The people who maintain cemeteries are called caretakers. Some live near the cemetery they maintain, while others have a residence on-site. In rural communities, if the caretaker of record dies then no one knows who’s responsible for maintaining the cemeteries. Many times, no one takes over the responsibility and the cemetery gets overgrown and essentially disappears.

For example, in Nebraska, if no one in the community informs the legal authorities that the cemetery has been neglected or is abandoned then local governments don’t have too many options to make sure that the cemetery is maintained. A lot of people don’t know that they can report neglected or abandoned cemeteries to local authorities and some people think it’s disrespectful to the dead to complain about the state of the cemetery. Occasionally, another member of the community will take over upkeep of the cemetery without telling anyone (so that there can be someone to take over after them), but they may move or die leaving it to be neglected and abandoned again.

Rural cemeteries in New York state have their fair share that are need of maintenance, but they also have many that are very well cared for and provide beautiful green spaces for the neighbors around them. Some people love the relative quiet of living near cemeteries, while other people can’t abide the thought of living in near proximately to resting places for the dead.

Research from shows that, in rural areas, homes in zip codes with cemeteries have an approximately 12% lower median price than homes that are in zip codes without cemeteries. However, this decrease in property values is a great concern for rural homeowners. This is because community services, such as education funding, are tied to the value of property, and when a tax-exempt cemetery is neglected or abandoned, then the overall value of all the properties around it decreases, making less funding available for the communities.

Many other rural cemeteries in other states face more challenges. Some cemeteries are maintained by an association, but the associations are seeing donations drop because of weather disasters and poor economic conditions, so the associations are either abandoning the cemeteries or asking relatives of the deceased who are buried there to volunteer to maintain the cemeteries. Some rural cemeteries get neglected or abandoned when property owners give access rights away to businesses or to the state. Once access to the cemetery is cut off, the cemeteries fall into disrepair.

If you want to know more about cemetery upkeep at funeral homes in Beltsville, MD, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can visit our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can call us today at (301) 937-1707.

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What is an Ethical Will?

Before funerals at funeral homes in Burtonsville, MD, more and more people are choosing to leave ethical wills to their surviving family members. As people start to contemplate their own mortality, they also start thinking about what they want to leave behind for their families, including their children and grandchildren.

Perhaps they get their medical, financial, legal, and digital affairs squared away so that there are no ambiguities and everything runs as smoothly as it possibly can when someone is facing the end of life, and then dies. That is a tremendous gift to leave family members, because it takes care of the practical parts of the end of life and dying..

However, there are other things that are very important to pass on to future generations. One of these is our moral code – the principles we believe in and practice, to the best of our ability, in our lives.

All the stuff we leave behind will eventually be gone, either because it breaks, it gets old, or it gets depleted. Things are finite and always come to an end. But our moral code, also known as our ethical legacy, is an intangible gift that we can give to our families that is unbreakable, timeless, and is in abundant supply. It may be the most valuable thing that we leave to our families after we die.

We all know of people who lived by an ethical code, but who failed to pass it on to their families, so it died with them. We also see the results of not having an ethical will in successive generations, as scandals, disasters, and even total ruin because they didn’t have an ethical legacy that they were accountable to and responsible for continuing and passing on to future generations.

These examples are a good reason to think about writing an ethical will. While this isn’t a legal document, it how you’ve tried to live and how you would like your family to live after you die. It’s your personal code, which involves relationships and ethics. If you’d liked to see a good example of an ethical will, consider reading the book of Proverbs in the Bible.

So what’s in an ethical will? The framework involves a mission statement that explains the code we’ve tried to follow in living our lives. Included within that are the lessons we’ve learned from our relationships, our experiences, our successes, and our failures. Life is full of lessons. Those can provide us with a perspective on our lives, while they can give guidance to our families that we leave behind when we die.

An ethical will should state what we deem to be the most valuable and important in life. It states what we stand for and what we will not turn from nor compromise on. These are our core values, which we want continued to be followed after our deaths.

Although the term ethical will is new, people have been doing this for a very long time. It may have taken the form of a letter written just before someone died or it may have been a series of conversations in the months, weeks, or days before dying. While not everyone has always done it, many people saw this as the last gift to their families and they made it happen.

If you’d like to know more about ethical wills at funeral homes in Burtonsville, MD, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can visit our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can call us today at (301) 937-1707.