I hold sacred my ancestry and my children and grandchildren who are the world of the future. Life-Legacy Writing has given me clarity in sharing my values, treasured memories and experiences with my children and children’s children. Legacy writing is a gift from the past, in the present, for the future.
As a certified Life-Legacy facilitator, I hope to help others to open to the clarity and vision of their gifts, their values and learnings for themselves in the present and for their loved ones for the future.
I believe that each woman has an extraordinary story to tell; it is my hope and mission to provide for women to come together to write, explore, and unearth their own stories, in their own words, for their own benefit and for future generations.
My great-great grandmother became a physician in 1883 at the age of 42. She served as inspiration to the women in our family for generations. We have discovered, through her legacy, that the impossible just may be possible.
Originally trained as an RN, I earned a B.A. in Spirituality and Holistic Studies at Vermont College in 2003. My focus was generativity and women’s spirituality at midlife. I directed Women’s Ministries at Glenkirk Presbyterian Church in California and have led women’s legacy groups at First Congregational Church, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Just as my great-great grandmother’s legacy inspired women in our family, your unique story can leave a lasting legacy for generations to come. It deserves to be told.
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
It is my life’s purpose to bring out the best in people, so they can achieve their full human potential, and I’ve lived this purpose in two careers. As an Army Mental Health Officer, I counseled and taught soldiers to cope with the stress of service both on and off the battlefield. And, as a professional philanthropic advisor for nearly 40 years, I’ve helped people give money to the charitable organizations and causes they hold most dear. I’ve incorporated the writing of ethical wills and legacy letters into my recent work, discussing it in one-on-one conversations and presenting it to larger audiences. Most importantly, I’ve personally experienced the joy of writing my own ethical will and legacy letters to those I love in my roles as a son, husband, father and grandfather. I sincerely hope to bring the gift of legacy writing to my community for the rest of my life.
I came to legacy writing from an interest in ethical wills. Recently retired from a hospice career, my special interest is in grief counseling. In my experience, family members often express regrets that they never asked their loved ones questions about life history. They are not sure what shaped their loved one’s values and beliefs or the meaning given to adverse or exceptional life events.
Legacy writing is a way to mine our memories for those people, places and events that shaped us. Once encouraged to write stories and their meaning, legacy letters are a natural gift we give the next generation.
I have special interest in facilitating women on retreat and seniors to write letters now – not just one final all-encompassing document. I also enjoy working with parents on Love Letters to our Kids – letters of affirmation for who they are in the present.
Let me help you explore this easy way to remember and to share the wisdom you have garnered as you live your life. Everyone has stories; everyone has made meaning of what happened; everyone has inherited legacy, and everyone can share legacy.
After a number of years, Rachael renewed her commitment in 2015 to train and certify legacy facilitators. Training to increase the guild of North American Certified Facilitators occurs twice yearly, spring and fall, via interactive webinar. For more information and an application, contact LifeLegacies1@gmail.com
You may join a multitude of people using all published legacy materials (including information on this website) to share the purpose and practice of legacy writing with others without certification training.
Refer to the index in Your Legacy Matters, Women’s Lives, Women’s Legacies and The Legacy Workbook for the Busy Woman to find writing ideas, reflections, and writing exercises for the populations you choose to serve.
Rachael consults with legacy facilitators worldwide to mentor and support their work with people with diverse needs and interests. Contact her for more information and to schedule appointments: LifeLegacies1@gmail.com
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