|Writing for Posterity!
Let's first take the "will" out of ethical wills and the explanation will be easier. It helps lay out what you want your family and friends to "know" about you as opposed to a legal will that details how your monetary possessions will be distributed. Yet even this explanation is not quite as simple as it sounds, for when you leave behind an ethical will, you leave behind more of yourself than your material possessions. You communicate the very heart of your being and this will be cherished long after property is gone or forgotten.
Your Ethical Will gives you step-by-step details on how to write the "Wealth of Your Life", Your Spiritual Ethical Will.
- It takes the complex and makes it simple.
- It gives you a choice of 4 approaches - historical, values and beliefs, defining moments, relationship-emotional geneaology.
- You will be shown how to write an opening statement or paragraph.
- How to organize your ethical will.
- How to choose your audience.
- What to do after you write your ethical will.
An ethical will is not...
A list of attorneys and accountants or legal advisors
A list of material possessions or assets
A list of debts or bank accounts or insurance policies
All of these are addressed in your legal will.
You and the life you've lived is so much more than what can be held in a hand or measured in a bank account. Your experiences, your thoughts and ideas, feelings and emotions are who you really are, and what is important to your loved ones.
So, what is an ethical will - here is what is consists of...
Shares cherished memories.
Relates wonderful and challenging experiences that left an impression on you.
Imparts life lessons learned.
Details family histories and possible secrets.
An ethical will is you etched on paper to lived and loved forever.
Highlights your personal philosophy and values and communicates them in your own words.
You can write your ethical will anytime. High school students have written their spiritual legacy as well as hospice residents.
Unlike a traditional will, ethical wills can be in any format you feel most comfortable. Choose what works best for you. A video or a song
A poem or an essay
Pictures with comments and notations
A letter, a book
What is an ethical will? It is whatever you decide and however you decide to share yourself with your family and the world.