Traditional wills transfer worldly possessions, while ethical wills are designed to pass values and beliefs from one generation to the next and to focus life purpose.
These documents have gained in popularity in recent years and are often incorporated into memoirs and other personal histories, but the truth is – they are ancient in origin.
There is no formula to writing an ethical will, although most are written in the first-person in letter form.
An ethical will is a statement of:
- Personal and spiritual values
- Hopes, blessings and concerns for future generations
- Life lessons learned
- The importance of love and forgiveness in one’s life