Valentine's Day Roses

Create A Lasting Legacy with Your Valentine’s Message

Tips from Lifesprk’s Legacy Consultant, Rachael Freed

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Our world bombards us all day every day with words; most of which we do our best to ignore, delete, or click away with a remote device. Or we rely on others to express our feelings for us – ready-to-send email cards for every occasion, and Hallmark messages clogging the mail paths.

But writing in our own hand, an almost forgotten art, to communicate and preserve our feelings for others is what legacy writing is all about. How many of us have a special treasure box or a simple manila file in which we’ve saved words from our parents or grandparents, partners and lovers, students and teachers, clients and families? We preserve their written messages marking special moments (confirmations, graduations, weddings, birthdays) to be read over and over throughout our lives. Their words of appreciation and love nourish us and often are the strongest glimmer of hope on our dark days. Whether we have such life legacies from our past or not, let us commit this day going forward to offer our own written words of appreciation and love to those who matter most to us.

This writing will open our hearts. It will be cherished and treasured beyond our knowing by those who receive from us. Happy Valentine’s Day this February 14 and every day of the year. May your feelings and your written words continue to bless all those you touch.

At Lifesprk, we believe writing legacies can be an important way to help people focus their energies on their passion. This is a wonderful gift for seniors to give and receive, and something family caregivers can help encourage their loved one to create. Home care isn’t always about the medical, quite often it’s the human side of caregiving that has the most value. Purposeful activities like this help spark someone’s life now, and for generations to come.

Rachael Freed, MSW, LMFT, is Lifesprk’s Legacy Consultant and a senior rachael_headshotfellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing. Known as the ‘legacy expert,’ Rachael works closely with the Lifesprk team to provide opportunities for our team and clients to create life
legacies. For more ideas on how to write life-legacies, please visit Rachael Freed’s web site, Life-Legacies.

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