Muhammad Ali was born January 17, 1942. If he were alive, he would be celebrating his 80th birthday this week. Regrettably, he passed away in 2016.
Muhammad Ali’s homegoing was a great finish to the life of a thoughtful, inspiring, and loving person! What made it so amazing is that he planned it himself, years in advance, right down to the most intricate details. For example, I read that he made sure there were no food vendors at the ceremony at the stadium; instead free water and food was provided to the attendees. Of eternal significance, he planned most of the festivities with the intention of bringing people from various backgrounds, ethnicities and religions together. Maybe Ali's family would have planned something similar, but the fact that Ali planned it himself just adds to the many reasons he claimed to be, and is, "The Greatest"!
Ali motivated me to do what I suggest to my clients – write out your wishes. As part of the estate plans that I prepare, I always include a sheet entitled “Funeral Instructions”. There a person can write who they would like to officiate at their service, the songs they want sung, the names of pallbearers, etc. For people that say they don’t want any type of service, I tell them to make a big “X” through that page and write in the margin “dinner at Coco’s” or whatever their preference might be. When I was planning for surgery a couple of years ago, I took the time to write down my own homegoing plans. Fortunately, my family didn’t have to use them; however, knowing that final arrangements were in place if needed gave me peace of mind.
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