How often do we think about the future? Not in a vague way but in a real and meaningful one? Yes, I’m talking about what happens after we die, not only in the afterlife but here on Earth as well.
The topic of death is of course an uncomfortable one – and yes, it’s one the religious do seem to like discussing. When we do it is of course usually in terms of what happens to our souls in the afterlife. And that is the most important issue.
Hopefully we are all planning for this in some way. That is the purpose of religion and morals after all – to ensure that we reach Heaven rather than Hell. To achieve this we learn the teaching of Christ through the Bible and try to put those lessons into practice as guiding forces in our life.
But there are also thoughts about what happens to those we leave behind. There is much less discussion in the church about planning for this aspect. The reality is that preparing for what happens to your soul alone and not those left behind is a selfish approach.
This came to mind recently when I had the misfortune to have a hard drive crash with the potential loss of all its data. I was lucky that I was able to find an excellent company that specialises in Data Recovery in Dublin. Thanks to their services I was able to retrieve all the data and continue on with only minimal disruption.
But what if this was not possible?
I realised that in the digital age we actually own significantly more “stuff” than even a generation ago. Most of this is memories – photographs, emails etc. And many of these are stored on perishable media or behind password-locked accounts.
What would have happened if disaster had struck me rather than my disk drive? Would these memories have been lost forever? And would it matter?
Perhaps there is no need to pass on memories that would have been fleeting even a generation ago. But in many ways those photographs could be even more important to those I leave behind than to me. After all who does not like looking at old photographs and the feelings the evoke?
The answer about what to pass on and what to allow perish is one for each individual. But thinking about it is something everyone should do and I would encourage you to put in place a plan to ensure that the documents which you want to pass are available to the right people.