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Ethical wills hope to ensure that our values live on


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/50_Plus/article/ethical_wills_hope_to_ensure_that_our_values_live_on_20080321

An ethical will is an informal, written document in which a parent bequests, not property or assets, but wisdom, values and spiritual understanding. It permits a parent to transmit a spiritual legacy to his or her children through stories, examples and meaningful life lessons in the hope that they will embrace those values in their own lives. It is meant to inspire, enlighten and encourage but never to punish, harass, blame or control a child "from the grave."

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