Your Ethical Will Outline
How to Write Your Heart Will®
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Your Go-To Ethical Will Template
How to Write Your Heart Will® is a tool to help you reflect on your life and create lasting messages for those you love and future generations. Using the 22 prompts in this free ethical will outline guide, writing your Heart Will® can be a powerful, personal-discovery process.
Writing your Heart Will® helps you clarify who and what matter most, and can serve as your manifesto for living.
Heart Will® versus Ethical Will
A Heart Will® is also sometimes referred to as an Ethical Will, Spiritual/Spirit Will or Legacy Letter. At Willow we make the distinction between a document intended for a specific audience and a broad audience. Different from a Legacy Love letter®, your Heart Will® is intended for a broad audience. It can be handed out or read at your good-bye ritual such as a funeral or celebration or left for those closest to you after you die.
Heart Will (Ethical Will) Questions to Guide You
With 22 questions divided into six themes, there are endless topics you might choose to address and share. These include your wisdom, wishes, values, beliefs, hopes, dreams, ideals, life lessons, regrets, family history and stories about your journey.
This material is for personal use only with the exception of Licensed Willow EOL Educators®. Copyright 2023 Willow End of Life Education and Planning. All trademarks belong to Willow End of Life Education and Planning. Used under License.
Reena and Michelle create an open and safe environment while still providing structure and focus. The Legacy, Love Letters & Heart Wills workshops series totally changed my life – I’m very much aware now about the type of legacy I want to leave. This work also provides a wonderful foundation for my career in funeral services, enabling me to be more empathetic and present with the families I care for. Thanks to you, I now have a presence in my life that just simply wasn’t there before.
Ashley Irving-Scott, Apprentice Funeral Director
Since taking your workshop a few years ago, I carry the awareness of my legacy in the back of my mind at all times. The beautiful thing is that if I died tonight in my sleep, it would be ok because I tell people every day how much I love and appreciate them and I’m constantly sharing the ideas that matter most to me. Your tools and support are full of love and wisdom and accompany me as I journey. I now live with advanced cancer. My path is 100% palliative and I’m blessed to find that beauty, joy and comfort are not as elusive as I used to imagine.
I’ve never felt so connected to people in such a fast, safe way, as I did in the Legacy, Love Letters + Heart Wills workshop. Michelle’s and Reena’s sharing, vulnerability, and authenticity gave us allowance and permission to do the same. It was ground-breaking, transformative, and essential reflections for the soul.
Helena Cynamon, Producer & Strategic/Impact Storyteller