Be Here Then

why and how to write & create an ethical will, hospice card, or other legacy

Part II: Read this first to get started

     This post completes our overview of the process of completing an ethical will:  

4.  Eventually — and you don’t have to worry about it now — you will want to think about the format for your creation.  In this blog we will focus only on documents, something written, but you should know there are alternatives.  In later posts we will discuss such points as handwriting versus printed materials, and archival media.

5.  Eventually — and you don’t have to worry about this now, either —  we will also discuss when and how to share your ethical will or Lifespan Legacy letter. 

For example, many people include theirs with legal documents such as their Last Will & Testament, insurances, etc.  Others prefer to have theirs read at a memorial service. You don’t have to make that decision now.  If you don’t know, or if you are uncertain at this point, remember #1: Don’t worry about getting it right, right away.

THAT’S IT.  That’s a rough map of the territory.  It doesn’t have to be more complicated than this.  Of course, sometimes it is, and maybe you will want it to be, later.  But for now – that’s it.  You can subscribe to this blog on the home page, and when new posts are available, you will automatically get them.

IN SUMMARY:  When you can have at least a tentative answer to the following two questions, you are ready to get started:  Why do you want to do this, and who will be reading it?

NEXT UP:  Answers to some of your questions —  What exactly are ethical wills or legacy letters?  What’s the difference between them?  What’s the same?  And what are some examples of them so I have an idea what to do with mine?

Upcoming topics: 

  • Let’s get this out of the way:  Who should NOT write one.  The Rule of No.
  • The 2 basic decisions: Why, and Who.  Part I and Part II.
  • How to structure your creation.
  • How to use your ethical will or Lifespan Legacy letter.
  • When to share it.
  • Why handwriting matters, even if neatness doesn’t.
  • Remember 8-track tapes.  Seriously.
  • Changing your mind.
  • What’s next.
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