Sunday, June 16, 2013

Your Ethical Will: Morals, Values, Wishes for Heirs

Do you have morals, values, wishes, or expressions of forgiveness and love that you want to pass on to others after you die? Recording your intentions in an ethical will is one way of doing that. This excerpt from Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes explains the ethical will:

"Another kind of will that more people are considering is an ethical will. This non-binding will, which can be written or recorded informally in audio or video, includes values, morals, and wishes that someone bequeaths or hands down to others. While it is not legally binding, an ethical will provides a wonderful opportunity to pass on a legacy from one generation to the next, across generations, and beyond family members. Conveying this information, which may include stories, can be very comforting, particular for someone who is terminally ill. It’s a personal way of letting relatives and friends know one’s ethical intentions that are not connected to material inheritance. For example, a father might encourage his children to be good parents or will them the courage to make just decisions in life. Relatives might be asked to continue positive family traditions. Particular family members and friends might be advised to improve by incorporating more positive behaviors that have been lacking.”

Think about what your legacy beyond material gain would be for your beneficiaries. Consider leaving a record of your wishes in an ethical will.

Frances Shani Parker, Author
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback and e-book editions in America and other countries at booksellers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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