published: January 2019

How to rest in peace before you die

by Marcella Friel

If you’re a member of one of the many spiritual communities of our town, or if you have an unaffiliated spiritual practice of your own, you no doubt have some sense about what happens at death.

Perhaps you believe that death is a gateway to the bliss of heaven or the terrors of the bardo. You might feel that death is a new beginning rather than a definitive end. Or maybe you believe, in the words of Deepak Chopra, that death is a “creative opportunity to reinvent yourself.”

But what about preparing for your own death? Do you find yourself mired in procrastination, resistance, or denial when it comes to facing this inevitable fact of life?

You know it’s time—it’s past time, in fact—to create your last will and testament, to establish your medical directives, to let loved ones and friends know what to do with your body and your possessions, and to make peace spiritually with your regrets and unresolved relationships so that you don’t drag those karmic residues into your afterlife journey.

You want to get it done. But you never get around to it.

Fear not—help is on the way.

Join me from 10am to noon on Saturday, January 12, at the Crestone Baptist Church to learn more about an 8-week course I’ll be facilitating called “LeaveLight: Rest in Peace Before You Die,” a journey through holistic end-of-life planning. The course is sponsored by the Crestone End of Life Project’s educational outreach arm, Informed Final Choices, and is not affiliated with any religious or spiritual group.

The course itself will take place from 10am to noon each Saturday from Jan. 26 through March 16. There is no charge for the introductory session. The full course is $40.

LeaveLight will not only help you tackle the nuts and bolts of end-of-life care, such as wills and advance directives; it will also give you a supportive group space to reflect on your life journey, tie up unfinished emotional business with others, and plan the details of your departure from this earth so that loved ones can navigate your transition with ease, so that you can rest in peace before you die.

Contact Informed Final Choices for more information: 719-588-7415 or