Ever since I attended an intensive program on ethical wills with one of the gurus Dr. Barry Baines, I have been convinced of the value, for both our clients and ourselves, of writing wishes for and to the future. (Click to read past posts about ethical wills here, here, and here; last link includes a video on crafting personal legacy statements.) To learn more about the process of writing such a document, and why you would want to, read this recent post by Dr. Baines. From "Creating a legacy of resiliency for your family" (Caring Bridge):
In my previous Amplifier Hub blog post, “What Does Legacy Mean to You”, I provided a context for understanding what leaving a legacy is about and why legacy is important to us. I shared the idea of your legacy journey, which components include your legacy of values, wisdom, and generosity.
In this post, I would like to delve into your legacy of values, which takes the form of an ethical will (also referred to as a legacy letter). I will share what an ethical will is, their history and why people write them. I will also share a writing exercise at the end of the post that you can complete to begin to create your own ethical will.
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If you would like to take training from Barry, he writes in his most recent newsletter:
With a mix of excitement and (some) trepidation, Tracie [Ward] and I conducted our first live video-conference training for Ethical Wills/Legacy Letters Facilitators. The program consisted of 5 sessions of 2.5 hours over a 2-1/2 week period. It was an overwhelming success. So much so that we have already scheduled additional training programs for Ethical Will/Legacy Letter Facilitators (starts May 23rd) and Life Reflection Stories Facilitators (starts April 28th).
The programs are limited to 4 participants.
Contact me [his email address] if you are interested in registering for either of these programs or if you would like more information about the training.
He also included links to three recent articles:
- "Bonding with your Donors: Ethical Wills" (PG Calc)
- "Ethical wills give new life to loved ones’ thoughts" (KSTK)
- "How to Pass Down A Legacy of Family Values" (Digital Journal)
If you are interested in reading more, Barry has also written a book titled Ethical Wills: Putting Your Values on Paper.
Note: I would add to Maslow's quote below "a thoughtful and self-aware person must communicate values . . ." Click to see a larger version of the poster.
Note (added June 11, 2013): Ethical Will Template courtesy of AfterSteps.