The Story of the Brown Satchel, The Inspiration and The Author.
The Brown Satchel held documents. Documents that contained choices and life and death decisions. The contents represented a topic that often never sees the light of day and goes to the grave with most of the human race.
The topic is either taboo for some cultures, is steeped in tradition for other cultures or is palmed off as something we shouldn’t have to worry about.
The contents of the Brown Satchel were the carefully thought out plans for a man who took responsibility for every aspect of his life and as we were to discover, every aspect of his death!
My siblings and I are the fortunate children of an amazing father who demonstrated how to take 100% responsibility for our lives, our choices, the resulting benefits and consequences.
Unbeknown to us, he was also taking 100% responsibility for the planning and arrangements of his own funeral, his estate and the ongoing care of our mother in advance of his own death.
Days before he passed away he spoke about various arrangements he had made and said, “you will find them all documented in My Brown Satchel”.
As our large family had converged on the family home from our respective countries and towns during our fathers ailing health, we one day decided to examine the contents of the satchel while we still had some time to discuss them with our father.
What we discovered was amazing. He had taken care of all of his funeral arrangements, organised the service and venue, a poem, catering, burial plot and plaque, undertaker, instructions on death notices, finances, wills, bequeaths and so much more.
We carefully replaced the contents of the Brown Satchel and returned it to his room. We had no questions. He had taken care of everything. We talked about it amongst ourselves as he had just lifted a great weight from our shoulders.
Prior to the Brown Satchel, we had touched briefly on some of the topics surrounding his death but it didn’t feel right making the plans while he was still with us. Many people are unable to make arrangements for someone’s death before they have died. Mainly because it is considered unethical, rude and insensitive, not to mention, sad and confronting!
Thanks to our father, he taught us how to take charge of those important arrangements so our loved ones are never placed in this uncomfortable situation!
I share topics surrounding our impending death, ill health and arrangements for when we are gone as they are important to ourselves and others. There is way too much at stake to not make plans. Leaving it to someone else, who is most likely mourning, is unfair in my opinion! Our plans for when we die belong to us to take care of – while we are able to!
My name is Chrissie. I have created this website to share many topics, tools and guides. Anyone can plan their Wills and Wishes for their own Brown Satchel!