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Nothing Left Unsaid - Mary Polce-Lynch

Paperback Published: 1st February 2006
ISBN: 9781569243213
Number Of Pages: 256

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With the last will and testament, our culture has a way to settle estates and material possessions. But we don’t have a ritual for bequeathing messages of love, forgiveness, life lessons, hope, and personal legacy. Now, Nothing Left Unsaid is the first-ever nondenominational guide—at once practical and inspiring—that shows how to craft “Final Words,” a last communication to leave behind for a spouse, parent, friend, son, daughter, or grandchildren. These final healing words offer our survivors a sense of tangible closure—whether in the event of a sudden death, terminal illness, or the end of a long and well-lived life. Legacy Letters similarly provide a way to express sentiments to loved ones as they approach the end of their lives. Both legacies ensure that nothing is left unsaid.

Author's Notep. xii
Introductionp. 1
Why Create a Healing Legacy?p. 9
Ten Days
Much Left Unsaid
Deconstructing Final Good-byes
Contemporary Final Messages
The Last Will and Testament: Then and Now
Paying It Forward
Moving Beyond Resistance to Benefitsp. 37
Benefits for the Writer
Overcoming Inner Resistance: You and Your Shadow
Grief Connections
The Role of Temperament and Personality
Making a Real Difference
Final Good-Byes Across Culturesp. 63
Death Denial
Early Death Education Lessons
Why Think about Death Preparation Differently?
Death Preparation Practices in the United States
Cross-Cultural Death Perspectives
A New Cross-Cultural Social Norm
Writing Final Wordsp. 87
What to Expect
Who to Write
Ready, Set, Write
More Essentials
Reading Final Words
Overcoming Ordinary Resistance
Writing Legacy Lettersp. 109
Writing as Emotional Expression: Research Findings
What Do Legacy Letters Say?
Letters of Celebration and Gratitude
Letters of Affirmation and Good-bye
It's All Good
Women's Heritagep. 127
Gender Glasses
Emotional Intelligence, Women, and Writing
Women as Caregivers
Writing Final Words and Legacy Letters to Loved Ones
Concluding Thoughts for Women
Men's Heritagep. 149
Final Words, Legacy Letters, and Men
Gender Research and Emotional Expression
Writing Final Messages to Loved Ones
Concluding Thoughts for Men
Parent Legaciesp. 173
Developmental Perspectives
Developmental Overview
Transcending Fear and Death Denial: Final Words to Children
Important Writing Decisions
One Parent's Final Words
Writing Legacy Letters to Young Children
Writing Final Words and Legacy Letters to Adult Children
Explaining Final Words
For Grandparents
Summary for Parents
A Different Kind of Inheritancep. 197
Questions and Answers about Writing Final Words and Legacy Letters
Other Types of Healing Legacies
Forgiveness in Healing Legacies
Final Thoughts on Final Messages
Appendicesp. 223
Adult Sample Format for Writing Final Words to an Individual
Adult Sample Format for Writing Final Words to a Group
Child and Teen Sample Format for Writing Final Words to an Individual
Child and Teen Sample Format for Writing Final Words to a Group
Sample Format for Legacy Letter of Affirmation and Final Good-bye
Notesp. 233
Acknowledgmentsp. 243
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ISBN: 9781569243213
ISBN-10: 1569243212
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st February 2006
Publisher: Marlowe & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Type: Annotated