When preparing for end of life, people often make a legal will, a living will or health directive, and some create another document – an “Ethical Will” or “Legacy Letter”. These are documents, videos, slideshows, or other kinds of presentations that capture a person’s values, beliefs and wisdom.
This New York Times article points out a practical side of an ethical will saying “they can soothe ruffled feathers when dispensing family assets”. But the main point, as this article in Barron’s points out, is the immeasurable value for the person creating the document and those receiving it.
In this episode of MPR’s “A Beautiful World” host Heather McElhatton explores the power of the “Legacy Letter” for a young woman whose mother passed away.
This Thursday night. Jan. 29th at 7pm, Suzanne Pekow, the woman featured in the story, will host a live event called “An Introduction to Legacy Letters”. She will be joined by Dr. Barry Baines, author of Ethical Wills; Putting Your Values on Paper and Rachael Freed, Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing.
The event will be in the UBS Forum in downtown St. Paul. It’s free but you need a ticket to attend. You can register here.