Leaving A Spiritual Legacy

Most people think of leaving their heirs their money and possessions. But one Florida attorney says it is just as important to leave them a “spiritual legacy.”

Be kind to yourself today with good thoughts
Be kind to yourself today with good thoughts (Photo credit: symphony of love)

“Monetary gifts are not the only gifts we give to people,” attorney Alice Reiter said during a recent talk at Temple Sinai in Delray Beach.

She said a spiritual legacy involves life experience, values and what we want to leave behind, according to an article in the Sun Sentinel.

Reiter said she counsels her clients to leave their heirs “good thoughts, good deeds, no problems and good memories.”

To do that, people need a living will, power of attorney and the designation of a health care surrogate as part of an estate plan, but said  the living will can go beyond the language of the law to be very personal.

For example, the living will could say something like “you are performing a true act of devotion by taking me off life support.”

Other things, like housing options, and funeral arrangements can also be part of the living will.

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