Be Here Then

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

Writer discovers how much his notes mattered

Jim Sollisch wrote an article in the NY Times that I think demonstrates the impact writing simple things can have on others.  I don’t want to spoil the delight of the article for you, so take the 1.5 minutes and click the link and read it yourself.

“Thank you” is a powerful phrase if written sincerely.  Its absence is, I think, equally powerful.  In fact, those of you who have read back to the beginnings of this series know the black hole that “nothing” becomes, complete with intractable gravity.

So while you still don’t have to be writing your ethical will, you do — you know you do — owe it to those you love to let them know you appreciate them, or you are thinking of them, or why they matter to you.

DSCN3620As I face the waning days of my beloved best buddy and the prospects of having to euthanize him, I know the raw, ragged  hole he will leave behind can’t be filled with the words of friends.  But I also know their words — few needed, what can you say? — offered in a note, will help heal that hole.  Eventually.

And thank you for reading.


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