Memento Mori: How to Prepare For What Awaits Us All?
By Space Coast Daily // November 18, 2021
Memento Mori is a term that has been used for centuries to remind us about the ephemeral nature of life. The words mean, “Remember, you will die.” Many cultures use this idea in their artwork and practices, but some methods out there fall outside the traditional thinking of your average person.
The main reason for Memento Mori is to remind us that life is fragile and can end at any moment. By preparing for death before it happens, you can better accept the reality of life passing by and be happier with what you have control over your actions.
Listed below are five things that may help those who struggle with the concept of Memento Mori.
A Letter of Explanation
Some people have problems accepting their mortality because it reminds them of the life they will lose, which can be ‘painful’ to acknowledge. However, no matter how intense this fear maybe, people need to accept what lies ahead of them and prepare for it before it becomes too late.
“Memento Mori” serves as a reminder that everyone’s life will eventually come to an end. This understanding is crucial for those who have yet to accept their mortality or are still struggling with it.
This letter is a place where you can explain to your future self who you are, what is going on with your life currently, and why you have prepared for death so thoroughly. Many people will feel free to express themselves in this letter knowing that the person receiving it is a point in the future for them and will not judge or look down upon what they have to say.
Make your funeral wishes known.
It is difficult to acknowledge the end of your life, but if you are aware that death will happen at some point, it can make the events leading up to it less daunting. For most people, their funeral wishes are known by their family and friends because they have talked about them during one of many conversations concerning the future and death.
The first step in making your funeral wishes known is deciding where you would like to be laid to rest or what urn you would like to keep your ashes in. Once you have made these choices, it would also be helpful to let your family and friends know about these decisions, so there are no arguments when the time comes.
If you wish to be cremated, then you may want to know what an urn cost and maybe keep the money for them. The urn you choose could hold your ashes, or it could be an urn to keep in your house, which can contain pieces of jewelry or other items that represent you.
If cremation is not for you and you’d like to be buried, urn cost, please look into your options for a burial plot or a grave. Burial plots can be expensive, but you may qualify for government grants to help with the costs.
Make a Will
If you own a house, car, or furniture, it would be sensible to leave this all to your partner and children. However, if you’re rich enough not to want the hassle, then state the money should be left in a trust for them – they can then pay off any debts, etc.
Journals and Diaries
A unique and easy way to prepare for death is by keeping journals and diaries. This method gives a person the ability to write their thoughts, feelings, fears, hopes, dreams, etc., which allows one to work through issues before they happen. Journals can help people find solace in difficult times and reflect on the past and remember happy moments.
In addition to being used as a form of therapy, the dying can also use journals so that they have something to leave behind for their family and friends. A journal could contain all kinds of material, from memories you wish to share with your children to letters to be read after you are gone. It is a way of communicating with the ones you love and of sharing your life with them.
Plan your legacy.
Whether you are 60 or 30 or 12, it would do us good to remember that we will all die. And once we have this knowledge, it would be good to plan accordingly. One thing you can prepare before your death is what you will leave behind after you die. You can write about it in a will or give your children/family members instructions on what they should do with the items left behind after death.
Another thing you can do is to transfer your possessions now so that the person you have chosen as your heir takes over all the items that are related to you, for instance, a family heirloom or a house. Google has a great inheritance planner online.
Make time for special moments with others.
We often fail to realize how little time we have with the people we love. We get so caught up in our daily routines and try to accomplish everything on our endless ‘to-do’ lists that we forget how important it is to stop and appreciate life’s special moments.
Life is short. Sometimes shorter than we might expect. Every day spent doing nothing is a day lost that will never come back.
The cultural phenomenon of “Memento Mori” (Remember that you will die) is an important reminder to accept mortality and prepare for what awaits us all. Life will end one day, whether or not we like it. However, getting our inevitable death is a personal decision and something we must come to terms with on our own. Death isn’t something to be afraid of, but an unavoidable part of life and something we should all come to terms with.