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New journal offers way to plan funeral, leave legacy

October 2, 2011
By SANDY MICKELSON, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

You just never know when you're knee-deep in your passion that this connection will help you in years to come.

Just ask Bruce Reimers, of Humboldt.

He played football with the Cincinnati Bengals for eight years in the late '80s and early '90s before being traded to Tampa Bay. Through his football connections in Cincinnati, he found a small-house publisher for a two-part book he and his sister, Sue Reimers, of Ames, wrote about planning the details of a funeral and how to leave a legacy for the family.

Their book, "The Spiritual Journey Home," copes with the hard questions of life.

It's a journal of sorts in the first half. Filled in, it allows people to plan their funerals and what will be said during the service.

"It was Bruce's original idea," Sue Reimers said. "He works in the church as an elder. He realized that if the pastor doesn't know a person very well, he really doesn't have much to go on" when writing a funeral service.

If "The Spiritual Journey Home" is filled out, it will give a person more input into his or her own funeral plans, Sue Reimers said. "Which is really not a new concept."

The second part of the book came from her experience as a family therapist and her "need to help families have some sort of legacy left for them."

Filling in the journal is a way for people to share their life journeys while giving those left behind a way to find purpose and meaning in their own lives, she said.

"Deep within each person's life are stories, lessons and wisdom that can bless those who are fortunate to have this personal account to read, remember and cherish," Sue Reimers said.

Life's lessons could be learned with this wisdom shared.

"It's not really meant to be filled out in one sitting," she said. "It's designed to be added to over a long period. We're hoping that this strengthens families and really emphasizes the importance of faith and connection with those who we love."

Neither Bruce Reimers, an elder at Zion Lutheran in Humboldt, nor his sister, have experience writing books, but when an idea is good, an idea is good. And this idea is good.

It's like giving a person permission to talk about his own death. Often, that discussion is scuttled because few people like to discuss death. Then, when it must be faced, there's little or no background to study.

You can check out this book and meet the brother-sister team at a book signing from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Faith Works, 8 S. 12th St. The book sells for $12.95.

With each book sold, the chance of strengthening families goes up.

Contact Sandy Mickelson at (515) 573-2141 or



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