How do you want to be remembered?
Legacy Projects: Creations to be cherished by future generations
As a Death Doula, I work with individuals and families to support them through the end-of-life journey. The final months and weeks of life are an especially emotional time. Aside from making practical plans, and educating everyone involved about what’s to come, I also help individuals and families identify and create a meaningful legacy project.
A legacy project, or legacy work, is a tangible artifact that an individual can leave behind for their loved ones and future generations. It might be a scrapbook, photo album, collection of poems or recipes, a compilation of life lessons, or a video. The possibilities extend as far as our imaginations.
For the one dying, it is a way of creating meaning by knowing that their ideas, their words, their essence, can live on even when they have passed. For their family and loved ones, it is a tangible way they can connect, honour, and remember their loved one. It is a way of capturing the past, to share with others in the present and in the future.
This is especially true when considered through the lens of future generations. Legacy work – the specific artifact – provides an opportunity for future generations to understand those who came before them – their thoughts, their ideas, their interests. Instead of simply being a name on the family tree, a creative artifact allows individuals to live on through their images, teachings, accomplishments, or words.
Grandchildren can marvel at, and connect with, a grandparent they may have never met through a video or special collection of letters. For them to have access to past knowledge, thoughts, and special memories is a gift they can cherish.
At One Thread, we offer complete end-of-life services, from diagnosis to death, and afterward. Connect with us to learn more about the role of a Death Doula, and how we can support you and your family through this important time.
Andrea Fonceca28 July 2020 at 10:11 pm
Doreen, You will bring so much grace, sensitivity and peace to your clients.
Rev. Sandra A Morris18 August 2020 at 10:00 am
A consultancy whose time has come!
This is very exciting news.
As a Palliative Care/Hospice Pastor I can personally attest to the gap that this type of service will fill.
With Doreen’s proven expertise, sensitivity, knowledge, and education, I would be grateful to have OneThread available to me in both my wok and in my personal life.
To imagine being accompanied through the hardest journey of our lives and that of our loved ones, is a great relief.