Leaving your mark: A love letter to your family

One way to leave a legacy for your loved ones is by writing an ethical will.

It doesn’t require you to organize years of photos, dig through boxes of memorabilia or figure out how to hook your camera to your computer. No lawyers are required.

An ethical will, as defined by ethicalwill.com, is a way to share your values, blessings, life’s lessons, hopes and dreams for the future, love, and forgiveness with your family, friends and community.

Ethical wills can take many forms, according to a story about ethical wills in today’s edition of the Chicago Tribune, including art pieces, a compilation of music, cookbooks with personal recipes, scrapbooks or memory boxes with personal notes or videos.

An ethical will can be as short as a single page of text. If you’re writing more than say, a dozen pages, you might want to consider writing a memoir or having someone help you write your autobiography.

Interested? Besides Google, other resources to help you write an ethical will include classes, books and personal historians.



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