Our theme for November blog posts is on "finishing well." Especially the impact that doing so has upon relationships.
By Lavern Nissley
Encompass Executive Director
Finishing has been a major theme for Ronda and me the past several years. In 2018-2019 we moved our four octogenarian parents to Springfield from Central Illinois (my parents) and London, Ohio (her parents) to Springfield, Ohio where we could more easily support them in their twilight years. All of them eventually became residents of Forest Glen or Wooded Glen.
We literally came into the world with nothing, unable to care for ourselves. And typically, that's how we're going to leave this world. Three of our four parents have crossed the final finish line of life: my Dad, November 12, 2021; my Mom, March 6, 2023; and Ronda's Mom, September 26, 2023.
Ronda and I are also looking at closing a major chapter in our own lives as we step away from executive leadership at Encompass by June 1, 2024.
So, finishing . . . finishing well has been on our minds a lot! My heart kind of jumped when I heard the theme for blogs this month.
Here is my bottom line: Finishing well adds relational value and favor to those who follow us.
Here is the application: In preparing for our own transitions (from Encompass leadership and our eventual passing on), we want to make it as easy as possible for those who follow us.
As you read through these applications of finishing well, can you see how those who follow us would be more likely to appreciate the proactivity and planning than if we just finished . . . but didn't finish well?
This isn't an easy topic to ponder. But in view of our own involvement in helping aging parents finish, we see the importance of planning far in advance so as to finish well.
Lavern & Ronda Nissley are co-directors of Encompass. Married since 1978, both enjoy coffee, riding their tandem bicycle and working together to build strong relationships.