Death is a great teacher. One of the most profound lessons we have learned caring for our patients and their loved ones is that we all have something to pass on, and it’s never too soon to start thinking and talking about what you want that to be.
We will all leave a legacy. Some are grand and public: new institutions, scientific breakthroughs, and groundbreaking philosophies. Others are personal and intimate such as an heirloom recipe, a love of gardening, a favorite book, a treasured piece of jewelry. All are great gifts that impart the love and values of their creators beyond a single lifetime.
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Start a Legacy Conversation
What do you want your legacy to be? This set of conversation cards will help get you started. Talk to your loved ones, and find out what matters most to them. Reflect on what you want to share with the world, and tell others.