This is part of a supported campaign with Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
Every year, on Mother’s Day, I celebrate the two women that mean the most to me: my mom and my abuelita.
I’m almost 40, so Mother’s Day has grown beyond the button necklaces, smooshed “pottery” and crayon colored “I love you Mami!” cards. Now, I try to ensure they have a great day by planning everything from breakfast to late evening outings to truly make them feel as special as they are to me. Years are going by quickly, and it’s starting to sink in that as much as I care for them and plan every special day to ensure they are happy, it may be time to start planning ahead to give everyone peace of mind.
Planning ahead is one of the greatest gifts we can give our loved ones so when the time comes, there are not major anxieties and financial hardships. I know my abuelita and mami often joke and say, “cuando yo me muera…”, but having lost an uncle unexpectedly last year, we are more aware now more than ever, the importance of planning ahead.
This past Mother’s Day, I did get to talk to both of them a little and what’s interesting is that they both know exactly what they want and have thought about it for years…they just didn’t tell us yet because they didn’t want to worry us. On a day of celebrating them, you would think this is a hard conversation to have, but it truly isn’t. It let’s those you love know that you want to take care of them as much as you can, even upon their death. Plus, if your mom or abuela are like mine- it can be pretty entertaining!
“Cuando yo me muera…”
- bury me with my favorite ring, the one you thought I was leaving you? No… it’s mine. Find your own.
- you’ll never make Lomo Saltado like I do and you’ll miss it.
- make me look like Beyonce y canta ese “Formation” (grandma!)
After a little cafesito (and maybe a mimosa or three), we were laughing and planning and I knew what the best gift I could give both of them would be. To have it planned and paid for, so that they don’t have to worry about it and giving them that peace of mind means the world to them, and to me.
About Rose Hills Memorial Park
Founded in 1914 in Whittier, California, Rose Hills Memorial Park offers 1,400 acres of richness and harmonious surroundings. Rose Hills is most recognized for its Pageant of Roses Garden and for Sky Rose Chapel. It is known as North America’s largest memorial park, with two full-service mortuaries and five planning centers. They offer compassionate and detailed memorial care including cemetery property, funeral services, and cremation options.
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