My mom, who is a fallen-away Catholic, has been consulting her astrological chart and is convinced that she's going to die "sometime before Christmas, probably before Thanksgiving." She says her premonitions are almost always correct.
She just revised her will. She is writing out detailed instructions for me about what to do with all her possessions, and for one of my brothers about how to take care of her house and garden. She applied for more life insurance. She bought a gravesite and started payments for her funeral today.
She says she prayed for a sign that she is really going to die, and that she most definitely received one.
I asked her what she's doing to prepare her soul. She said she doesn't intend to do any "Catholic prayers", but will start meditating again.
And yet she wants a Catholic funeral Mass and will be buried in a Catholic cemetary.
She says, "won't that be unfortunate? You just moved so you could be closer to me, and I could help you out more with the kids. It almost seems unfair."
She's completely matter-of-fact about the whole thing.
I just don't know what to make of all this.