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Leaving a Legacy






Choose to leave a legacy by passing on something important and meaningful to you, or make a difference in someone’s life through something you said or did. Everyone leaves a legacy.

How would you like to be remembered? Reflect on what your life stands for, how you have lived your life up until now, and how you would like to live the rest of your life. Think about changes you can make now that will affect how others see you and will remember you.

Some ways to leave a legacy:

  • Make a donation
    You can make a difference in the lives of others. One way to do this is to include a bequest to a charitable organization of your choosing in your will.
  • Volunteer
    Have a lasting impact by giving your time to a worthy cause, or start a new organization to make a difference in your community. Consider improving your community’s safety by starting an elder Block Watch.
  • Transform the environment
    Try something meaningful like building a home, planting a tree in a local park, laying a stone wall, planting a garden or helping to restore a salmon creek.
  • Share your wisdom
    The wisdom gained over your lifetime can be another type of legacy. Consider passing on values or skills to your grandchildren or mentoring others.
  • Create a work of art
    You can create a lasting memory with a painting, sculpture or memoir written for family and friends.
Last Updated: October 2, 2015