Over the last couple of weeks we have been talking about how to start writing your spiritual ethical wills. Today’s blog entry is going to be on how to format your ethical will. Formatting is important for your ethical letter or will as it will determine how well or how poorly your heirs understand your content. Today we will be looking at the format of an ethical letter.
An ethical letter has several distinct sections. The first section is going to be your salutation to the person or people the letter is intended for. For example, if you are writing a general ethical letter to all of your heirs, then your salutation will be something like “To My Family” or “To My Loved Ones.” On the other hand, if you want to address all of humanity with your ethical letter your salutation can be something more theatrical such as “To the People of the World.” For ethical letters that are intended for a special someone you will want to be more intimate with your salutations such as “To My Darling Wife” or “To the Love of My Life.”
After your salutation you will write your introduction. The introduction to your ethical letter needs to provide the reader with information about what the letter contains, who it is addressed to and what you want the reader to get from your letter.
The third section of your letter will be ethical will entries. These entries can talk about your philosophies on life, they can address specific incidents, they can be apologies or they can be thank yous.
The final section of your ethical letter is going to be your closing. This section will be the last words you share with the people that you are leaving behind so make them count.
For more help on writing an ethical letter visit the When Words Matter Blog.
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