5 ways to ensure your family legacy continues
Preserving your family legacy isn’t simply about heirlooms and property - there’s so much more to our family history than can be found listed in a will, such as our thoughts, feelings and memories. These are what really make a person unique, and the types of things our ancestors will really love to know about us in future years.
There’s many ways to begin collecting and organising your memories so that your family can easily access and view them - so we’ve started off with five important steps to continue your family legacy long after you have gone.
- Note down your thoughts
Start keeping a diary regularly to note down your thoughts, daily life and anything that comes to mind as you go about your day. You can also use this space to recollect any special memories, life advice and other information you’d like to share with future generations. It’s best to record these on a device such as a computer so they can be easily accessed, but paper would also be fine if you prefer.
- Create a family tree
Looking into and recording your family tree can be a great pastime or hobby, and would be a useful resource for any of your descendants who may want to explore their family tree in a few generations’ time. You would have already done some of the work for them, and you might personally be able to fill in some useful gaps that could stump your grandchildren. There are a variety of resources online to get you started on researching this.
- Outline your prized possessions
You may have kept your first ever cinema ticket, hockey stick, vinyl record, or your prom dress - but will your family know the significance of these items after you’re gone? To avoid these special possessions being thrown away in the future, it’s a good idea to label them or index them, so that your loved ones know how important they were to you and will cherish them too. You could make a list of them in your diary to keep everything in one place.
- Gather your photos
Over the years, you may have collected a large amount of photographs from holidays, birthdays, weddings and more. These have hopefully all been kept somewhere safe ready to be sorted through, and there’s no time like the present to get started.
With old printed photos, you can write on the back of them any significant information such as the date, occasion and the people in the photo. That way your family will be able to identify family members they may have never met and will feel much more connected to the photos with the help of some context. To keep them safe, you could also digitise them by scanning them into a computer or taking mobile phone photos of them as a backup.
- Write letters to loved ones
All of these previous steps are a great way of making sure your family has lots to remember you by, but do you have special pieces of wisdom you’d like to impart to certain loved ones? Consider writing them personal letters to read once you’ve gone. It may seem a little sad at the time of writing, but these letters will actually become prized and comforting possessions for those closest to you and will support them in times of trouble. You can include some words of encouragement, special memories you shared and a message of love to them.
At My Story Told, we can help you put your story into words and compile a professional book to keep all of your special photos and writings in one place. This is the perfect gift to pass down to loved ones who will want to remember you, and can include all of your favourite memories, photos and anything else you’d like to preserve for future generations.
Our expert writing team will support you throughout your story-telling journey and ensure you can tell your own unique story in a special way. Contact our team to learn more about our storytelling packages today.