Turning a blank sheet into something meaningful
A blank sheet of paper can be a daunting obstacle for most people, so Baines suggests that caregivers and their elderly loved ones start with simple ideas:
Do you have a particular success you had that you want to share with your descendants?
How about a failure and its corresponding lesson?
What’s one of your biggest regrets in life?
What traditional or value do you most want to see continue in your family?
Baines also feels that there is extreme value in joining a group of people writing ethical wills. He says that people’s energy level increases when they get together to share ideas and inspiration.
Guided exercises may also help jumpstart a caregiver’s creativity. Baines has written several books that include a variety of exercises to help people overcome writer’s block.
One such exercise, highlighted by the hypothetical at the beginning of this article, is called, “linking the generations.” This drill involves thinking about the questions you would want to ask your deceased ancestors and then providing your answers to those questions for future generations.
Ethical Wills Lend Clarity to Caregivers and Serenity to Seniors originally appeared on AgingCare.com.