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Legacy: Projects to Celebrate and Preserve What’s Most Important

When people think of “legacy” they often focus on money, property or major accomplishments. But legacy, on a deeper level, is the most personal of subjects. It’s all about what matters most to the individual. If you have a friend or family member who is thinking about their legacy, or if you yourself would like to explore the topic, read on for some ideas and inspiration from the Farewelling editors. 

Collecting Video Tributes After a Loss

One great way to honor a loved one’s legacy is to create a beautiful video montage of family and friends telling stories and sharing memories about the person they’re honoring. You can organize this yourself or use one of the new companies making it easier, such as 

The process: invite your family, friends, colleagues, and anyone else you’d like to make a short recording on their phone or camera. After editing, or using a software tool to put the videos together, you can share the final compilation at a family gathering or by posting it online or sending it to whomever you like. A group video tribute can be a great element at a virtual event or an in-person remembrance.

Creating a Legacy Project

A legacy project is a physical creation that shares your personal message. It can involve life events, biography information, personal accomplishments, wisdom and knowledge, philosophy or faith traditions, hopes, and dreams.

Choose a medium that speaks to your personality and preferences. The goal: share what meant most to you.

Journaling Is An Easy Way to Share Your Legacy.

Document your life story through the written word. Journaling can be a therapeutic way to work through thoughts and emotions and record these things on paper. Or you might prefer a digital journal, which can be as simple as writing your story in a word processor or using an online service such as Storyworth. Either way, here are some tips:

  • Document a list of values that are most important to you.
  • Share significant life accomplishments and why they matter in your experience.
  • What are your wishes and dreams for the future?
  • Do you have any life lessons or advice you would like to share with the family?
  • Write down major life milestones and details about those events.

Scrapbooking: Tell the Story of Your Life Through Photos, and Other Captured Memories

Scrapbooking is a lovely way to display pictures, papers, postcards and other memorabilia from your most treasured memories. If you like working with your hands, it might be enjoyable to pull out the colored paper, stamps, and other crafty items. Or, there are many low-cost digital scrapbooking tools you can use online. 

Which Legacy Project Is Right For You?

Sometimes getting started on a project like this is the hardest part, but don’t let that stop you. Pick a legacy project that speaks to you, then dedicate just an hour or two a week to work on it yourself, or with your loved one. Over time it will start to take shape, and you’ll have a treasure to share with your loved ones that they will cherish for generations to come.

Karen Bussen

Farewelling is the revolutionary online platform transforming how we think about–and plan for–funerals and end of life. Join them on social media @myfarewelling for more.