What IS an “ethical will?”
What is an ethical will? Here is what we say in our Glossary:
ethical will: a focused communication of one’s values, life lessons, love and forgiveness, typically written in one to two pages and offered to or left for one’s children, family, and/or friends and community. Also, an account of the values a parent wishes instilled in their child by a guardian in the event of a parent’s death. Increasingly, people are writing ethical wills or other legacy communications during critical periods in their lives such as marriage, birth of a child, illness, catastrophic events, deployment, and retirement.