Death as a Part of Life – How do YOU leave YOUR Legacy

Did you know that:

That death is now becoming a part of our living experience?

As a photographer I was very aware of the century old trend of photographing the dead as if they were still alive, sometimes considered grotesque by our current culture the reason behind these images were simply to remember the dead as they were, one final image, one last capture to preserve in history.

It was a very popular thing to do and was considered honoring the dead, mixing the living with the dead some even a week after death. Death was not always looked at in such a controlled way as it is today.

Below is just one website that shows various portraits of such captures.

Pictures with the non living

I have had the opportunity to photograph a few funeral services and even a gathering of the living family members around the casket, it is not for everyone but it’s not as taboo as many think.

Death is an absolute mystery to us, we can guess, think and even listen to those that have seen “the white light” but in all reality, it’s very much a mystery what happens after our final breath. I believe it was meant to be that way, no matter how you believe, it’s one area that no one knows for sure. But one thing is for sure we will all die, today, tomorrow or years down the road, death is inevitable.

From what I have been reading this is a common thing in Puerto Rico where the dead are sat up and positioned into situations they liked to do or family would like to see them in.

This young man was shot to death and was placed in a chair, sitting up with a blunt in his hands.

Corpse sitting up/reclining at funeral home

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13 Strange but very true funerals

So it’s important for us the living as well as the dead to have things done the way we want them done, some were buried with cars or in cars. My father was buried with his dog, his step wife had the dog cremated and buried with him (I’ve thought on that a lot these past years).

We’ve come so far as to control our own death and deciding when it is time to go as this man did and attended his own wake. Personally I liked this idea being able to spend those last moments, say what you want to say, express what you want to and sharing in such an important part of life as we know it.

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Even though we have no idea what waits for us, it appears that some people are wanting to take even more control over that final part of life here on this earth. It’s your final wishes, your will and your legacy.

How do you prepare your life that you leave.

What about digital wills (giving rights to your social media endeavors).

Making sure your desires are known.

What does your state say about the way you want to be buried.

Can your ashes be spread?

How do I write my will, can I do it for free?

Financially preparing your estate.

Charity wills.

Legacy giving.

When giving before you die is a better idea.

Where do I place my will?

Do I need more paperwork?

Do I need an attorney?

How do I direct my family to my important documents?


So many questions and this book has the answers:

Leaving a Legacy

covers all these concerns and more preparing you to prepare for one of the most important and most final times of your life. How do you want to be remembered? What charities will you support and how will your money be transferred. Give the directions you want followed now and secure your paperwork. Then enjoy your life, the end of it has now been taken care of you can rest easy and know your Legacy will be the way you want it.

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