Trace Your Family History; Create a Legacy
Creating a genealogy of your family by tracing your family roots helps you gain insight into who you are and where you came from. Create a legacy by writing your family background, traditions, and values. Compile pictures, videos, and special gifts that can be shared with the loved ones who will continue your legacy and remembrance in their own lives. Sharing words of wisdom — for example, at a special family celebration, perhaps your daughter's or son's wedding — or knitting a blanket to be given at your loved one's baby shower, are ways to create a legacy of memories that can be passed on for future generations.
There are so many creative ways to leave a legacy to those you love. Here are some ideas for you to think about:
Organize and place your pictures in albums.
Record audiotapes to be played with the photo albums.
Keep a journal that you would like shared after your death.
Designate any special jewelry, or collections to be given to family and friends.
Write letters to the special people in your life.
Write down special family memories to be shared.
Express your love and encouragement to those who are a special part of your life.
Write down favorite family recipes.
Share your favorite books and children books.
List your most memorable life's experiences and the wisdom you would like to pass on to your loved ones.