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

Bhagavad Gita and words for hospice cards

There are many sources of inspiration and guidance for our spiritual, moral, and emotional lives, and ethical wills and other legacy letters frequently draw on those sources for their content. We can draw on those sources as well for a hospice card or note we want to send to someone we care for who is in hospice care.

“Arjuna, I am the taste of pure water and

the radiance of the sun and moon.  I am

the sacred word and the sound heard in air and

the courage of human beings. I am

the sweet fragrance in the earth and

the radiance of fire; I am

the life in every creature and

the striving of the spiritual aspirant.”  (Ch7:8)

One source for many is the Bhagavad Gita, one of the sacred texts not only for Hindus, but also for many other spiritually-minded people. I came across it while learning a form of meditation taught and generously given away by Eknath Easwaran and The Blue Mountain Center for Meditation.

So for those of you who embrace this aspect of spirituality and have someone in hospice care who is also open it, the verse above is one possibility. In it, Krishna is explaining to his friend Arjuna the wholeness of creation and of God.  This translation, though one of many, is from Eknath Easwaran, who was an English Professor and in my opinion a deeply moving thinker and writer.


This verse, written in your own handwriting, in a blank card with some lovely peaceful nature scene on the front of it would be a wonderful gift to the appropriate person.  You even can use any of the words in the verse to help you choose the image if you need the cue — your friend loves water, then pick water, etc.

As always, something like this is better than the silence that was experienced  by Regina Holliday and too often seen by the nurses and volunteers caring for those in hospice.

And while you’re thinking of this, I wish you would also think of how often our own ends come way too soon, and often without warning, and write your own legacy letter or ethical will to those you love.


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