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Ethical Wills / Legacy Letters

Your Legacy of Values

An ethical will, or legacy letter, is a way to share your values, blessings, life’s lessons, hopes and dreams for the future, love, and forgiveness with your family, friends, and community.

An ethical will is not a legal document; it does not distribute your material wealth. It is a heartfelt expression of what truly matters most in your life.

Ethical wills are not new. References to this tradition are found in both the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Bible (Genesis Ch. 49, John Ch. 15-18) and in other cultures. Today, ethical wills are being written by people at turning points and transitions in their lives and when facing challenging life situations. They are usually shared with family and community while the writer is still alive.

An ethical will may be one of the most cherished and meaningful gifts you can leave to your family and community.

Listen to this moving story from National Public Radio about why one woman decided to write an ethical will for her young children:
Some of the Topics Covered:

* Why write an Ethical Will?
* What’s in an Ethical Will?
* When would I write an Ethical Will?
* Next Steps:
* Real-Life Examples of Ethical Wills
* How to write an Ethical Will
* Preserving your Ethical Will

Watch Martha Bird speaks about the experience of writing her ethical will
with the help of a Celebrations of Life Legacy Facilitator.

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