When you consider the terms “legacy” or “estate planning,” financial matters will probably come to mind. This is understandable, and it is very important to take the right steps to properly provide for your loved ones monetarily. At the same time, there is another aspect to consider.
Some things are more important than money, and this can sound a bit trite on the surface. Yes, we all have bills to pay, but dollars and cents come and go quite easily all things considered.
There are other commodities that you have earned that you and you alone can pass along to your loved ones, and these are one-of-a-kind gifts.
A lot of people are very interested in digging into their roots, and this is why ancestry websites are so very popular. Though the DNA testing has its place, there is no substitute for personal memories that been handed down from generation to generation.
As an elder, you are going to remember family members that your grandchildren, and even your children, have never met. You will invariably recall stories that you have been told about your ancestors, so you are in a truly unique position to pass along meaningful information to others.
If you take the time to record your family history, this can be a fantastic addition to your broader legacy plan. The history that you can remember can be recorded in writing, and an audio version would be another option. Plus, you can add photographs that can add another dimension to the gift.
Another facet that would fall under this umbrella is the passing along of family heirlooms. They are objects that tell historical tales in their own right, and these messages are very powerful.
When you are devising your legacy plan, you can take stock of the heirlooms that you have in your possession and determine the ideal caretaker for each respective item.
The family history would be broad in scope, and while you are at it, you could choose to tighten the focus a bit. Your personal memoirs could be included, and when family members gain an understanding of your formative experiences, they may understand you better than they ever did before.
Another document that could be included in this portion of your legacy plan is an ethical will. Since biblical times, people have been using these documents to share moral and spiritual values.
Over the years, people that are close to you have probably sought out your advice, and you will not always be around to give it. However, when you leave behind an ethical will, anyone that is interested will always be able to access your “rules to live by.”
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