But we are more than our valuables.
Who we are, what we value, how we’ve lived – these can be given to our loved ones in the form of letters, and there is a rebirth of adding “letters to our loved” ones as part of our end of life planning.
Interestingly, passing on your values has a long history, the earliest examples being the books of the Old Testament. One of the most commonly known and oldest stories is in Genesis 49 – with Jacob blessing his sons, asking them to bury him in a specific place, and in a sense preparing them to become the leaders of the twelve tribes of Israel.
This tradition is called the ethical will.
Some argue that these letters – filled with your love, your stories, your lessons, and your blessings – are the most important thing you can leave the people you love – your spouse, your children, your family, your friends, and your fellow human beings.
If you are ready to write these letters, Ebenezer is now offering help to do it. We are doing it in small groups, helping you to learn by practice and the study of examples showing how others have done it.
Become the pen in the hand of your heart –
to express your love,
to share your stories,
to make explicit your lessons, and
to pass on your blessings – to those you love.
Your legacy letters can be your most cherished gift to those who follow you.
For more information contact Michael Ziomko, Vice President of the Ebenezer Foundation, 612/703-1189 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For reference please see Your Legacy Matters, Rachael Freed; The Ethical Will, Barry Baines; and the Thompson and Associates charitable estate planning process.