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.