Preparing for the Kingdom

We are aware that death is a part of life. As Christians we believe that death leads to eternal life with Jesus. But, too often death comes upon us before we are ready and final decisions are left up to the loved ones we leave behind. The purpose of this page is to provide you with some information to prepare for that moment in your life.

The follow menu will help you find important information:

(click on the subject of interest to you)

Advanced Medical Directive
Information About Wills
Burial or Cremation
Planning a Memorial Service
Other Things to Think About

Advanced Medical Directive

Providing instruction for the medical staff at a time you may be unable to make decisions, is truly a gift to the people who care about you. As an aid to beginning the process, the following information is provided.

  • "Five Wishes" There are many things in life that are out of our hands. The booklet available at this website gives you a way to control something very important--how you are treated if you are seriously ill. The booklet may be purchased on this website for $5.00. http://www.agingwithdignity.org

  • The Virginia Advanced Directive information sheet provides definitions of various terms and their purpose, from Power of Attorney to a Living Will. To access the sheet for printing, click

  • For the Virginia Code concerning Advanced Directives, check this site: http://www.vda.virginia.gov/advmedir.asp

  • An Advance Directive documents is available from Sentara. Just check this site click here for an additional form for Advance Directive.

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Information About Wills

Having a Will and giving someone the “Power of Attorney” are an important parts of preparing for the Kingdom. A Will provides you with control over the disposition of your estate. A “Power of Attorney” gives a trusted love one power to make decision if you can’t. Here are some documents that will help.

  • "Five Reasons for Having a Written Will." This document will, written by Jeff Hammaker, provides information and forms for wills. More information, click here.

  • Sample for a "Power of Attorney." click here.

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Burial or Cremation

Making a decision on your final deposition will help the ones you love and relieve them from having to decide. If your decision is cremation, KGPC provides space in its columbarium. The following information will be of assistance.

  • KGPC Columbarium guidelines, call church office

  • Cremation Society of Virginia, click here

Planning a Memorial Service

KGPC provides you with the opportunity to plan your Memorial Service in advance. In so planning, you have the opportunity to select a number of options, including music, hymns or songs, remembrances, Bible readings and even the “Message” topic if you so wish. The staff of KGPC will help you preplan your service. However, to begin, the attached form is available to help you make decisions.

  • KGPC Memorial Service Planning form, click
  • KGPC Bereavement Guidelines, click

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What Else To Do

One of the most important considerations should be to have all your personal information written out and available to your loved ones. A Family Book of Personal Records will help ease the confusion of the moment. A Family Check list should be included with your personal records so that the family can take some of the necessary legal steps at the time of your passing. Both forms are available below.

  • Family Checklist of Important Items, click
  • Create a Personal Record Book, click

 

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