AND LEGACY BOOKS
Share Your Wisdom, Traditions, Values and Love
We all have a desire to share our love and hopes and dreams for an even better future with the people we care about. Legacy Letters are a perfect tool for fulfilling that desire in a purposeful way.
Written to share wisdom, traditions, values, blessings and love with people special to the you, Legacy Letters are meaningful gifts. They are especially valuable at times of transition such as graduations, births, special birthdays, weddings and anniversaries.
Legacy Letters are also a thoughtful way to explain elements of an estate plan, share the writer’s vision for a trust or philanthropic instrument, and tell the stories behind assets that will be inherited by heirs.
Share gratitude, wisdom and love while celebrating those you care about.
An excerpt from a letter from a granddaughter to her grandfather on his 90th birthday:
Happy birthday. Even though I am across oceans, I want you to know that I am thinking of you. In fact, so often I am reminded that the one of the reasons I am here, or have gone to any of the wild and strange and far off places I like to frequent, is because of you. I remember growing up and taking in your wanderlust. You showed me big books of pictures of the pyramids of Egypt, sent me post cards from Europe, had strange and foreign masks hanging from the walls in your house. I reveled in your curiosity, knowing that I wanted to be curious in the same way. I think in the stories you told me growing up, you helped raise me to be an adventurer, raised me to be like that part of you…
…My favorite memories of you are not serious; you, more excited than any of us kids to be at the Pirate Museum, the joke memorial on the path up to your house, the funny books and photos you collect and send to me, the annual giving of strange gifts at Christmas.
There is so much to admire about you; your kindness, your intelligence, your work ethic, but what I look up to the most is your ability to make life fun, to make any situation joyful. You have taught me that respecting yourself does not mean that you should always take yourself seriously, and in fact you shouldn’t. I hope to carry this with me through life, to spread the kind of joy that you have given to me…
I love you so much.
An excerpt from a letter from a mother to her daughter on her 21st birthday:
My Beloved Amy,
Today is your 21st Birthday. As your mom it is so hard to believe that 21 years have flown by since that day I first laid eyes on you and held you in my arms.
Right now you are six time zones away studying and I miss you. I can imagine you trying all the street food, learning the local dialect and making new friends. I admire your adventurous spirit, your curiosity and your desire for knowledge that leads you away from home, even if it means I see you less…
I am not surprised that you are a strong, creative, adventurous and caring person. You were named after two women, my beloved Grandma Amanda who was caring and adventurous, and my Aunt Caroline, who was strong and creative. They would have loved you and would have wanted to be your friend.
In honor of your 21st Birthday, I am passing down to you two pieces of jewelry that I hold dear. Not because they are particularly valuable, but because they were given to me by Grandma Amanda and Aunt Caroline. On my 21st birthday, my Grandma gave me the watch I now give to you. My Aunt gave the ring to me shortly before she passed away and I know she would have loved to know that you now wear it…
…I am not surprised that you are a strong, creative, adventurous and caring person. You were named after two women, my beloved Grandma Amanda who was caring and adventurous, and my “Aunt” Carolyn, your grandma’s best friend, who was strong and creative… They would have loved you and would have wanted to be your friend.
…I hope that these objects connect you to your namesakes and remind you to always be your brave, adventurous, creative and caring self. May these objects act as a source of inspiration and remind you that you are deeply loved…
Praise for Melanie’s Legacy Letters workshops:
My experience in Melanie Vetter’s class was no less than outstanding. She provides an environment that allows creative thinking, meditation and a free exchange of ideas between students and teacher. Her knowledge and expertise in this area is excellent. I would heartily recommend her classes to anyone who would enjoy finding new ways of expressing themselves.
I took the class on Legacy Letter writing the spring of 2016. I thought the course was fabulous. It opened a window on how to be a caring, kind and insightful letter writer in just a few words. More students should take this class!