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Sample Legacy Letters

Below are examples of Legacy Letters I wrote with my clients. I hope they spark ideas for your Legacy Letter. If you would like to read sample Legacy Letters with images, click the buttons to view the PDF’s for the first three letters below.

This wonderful woman decided to give herself the gift of a Legacy Letter writing service for her 70th birthday.

Her Legacy Letter was written for her four daughters, two son-in-laws and four grandchildren.
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As a thank-you gift, a professional organization purchased a Legacy Letter Gift certificate for the new president of their Board of Directors, and past Chair for the Philanthropy Sub Committee.

This gentleman created a Legacy Letter for his three young grandchildren, which he will give to them when they are a little bit older.
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This Legacy Letter is from an 84 year-old mother and grandmother with early Alzheimer’s.

She lives in a nursing home, and has eight children, seventeen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. The interviews to create this letter were conducted over the phone, with an adult child at her side. The letter was giver to her family on Valentines Day. The letter turned out so well, we created a Tribute Legacy Letter from her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren back to her for her 84th birthday.
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Zayde’s Legacy Letter

This Legacy Letter is the content from a Legacy Letter Book created for an 80-year-old man for his four adult children, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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Barbara’s Legacy Letter

This Legacy Letter is the content from a Legacy Letter Book created for a 78-year-old woman for her son.

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This is an example of a Legacy Letter from a middle-aged mother to her teenage daughter and son.

This letter was written right before the diagnosis of the mother’s cancer. The mother beat the cancer, but was relieved to have written the letter should there be a recurrence. Tragically, her 19-year old daughter died just four months after the mother’s last chemo treatment.

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A Mother in her 70′s writing to her adult son and daughter.

They in turn shared the Legacy Letter with the grandchildren, who enthusiastically asked for copies of the letter despite their young ages of eight and eleven.

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A Children’s Hospital Foundation hired Leah to create a Tribute Legacy Letter Book consisting of Legacy Letters from four adult children.

The book was coupled with beautiful family photographs and quotes from the grandchildren sharing why they love grandma and grandpa. The Legacy Letter Book was given, as a surprise thank-you gift, at a 400-person dinner celebrating this couples philanthropy directed to the hospital. The adult children attended the dinner as well, which was a complete surprise to the couple. This is one of the four our Tribute Legacy Letters in this couple’s Legacy Letter Book.

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Dr. Hug’s Generosity Legacy Letter

The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) offers, FAER member who joins their Legacy Society, by giving a planned gift, free Legacy Letter writing services with Leah.  Legacy Society members, like Dr. Hug, are given the opportunity to reflect on the kind of legacy they wish to leave through story telling.  This letter focuses on the doctor’s history, motivations, passions and influences concerning his philanthropy. It is FAER’s hope that his letter, and other Legacy Letters, galvanize doctors to be more philanthropic towards their field of anesthesiology and towards unmet needs in our society.

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Dr. Simon Gelman’s Legacy Letter

Dr. Simon Gelman is a member of the Legacy Society of the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER).  This is his Legacy Interview.

As a five-year-old, Dr. Simon Gelman would sit on his grandfather’s lap and yank on his long white beard.  His mother would admonish him. “Don’t pull on your grandfather’s beard; it’s painful.”  His grandfather said, “No, it’s okay, it’s actually pleasant.”  When Dr. Gelman retold this story, he added with an unvarnished tone, “We laughed together not knowing then that grandfather would die during the blockade in Leningrad in 1942.”  “He was buried somewhere in a mass grave; we don’t know where.”

Dr. Gelman has lived an adventurous life that he is the first to admit, was not by choice.  No matter where he was pulled in his life, he made it pleasant.  He made what appeared to be negative into a positive.

He was born and grew up in Leningrad in the Soviet Union; emigrated to Israel when he was 38 in 1973, during the Yom Kippur War.  In 1976, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio in the United States.

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Samples of Leah Dobkin’s students’ Legacy Letters

A woman in her thirties wrote a tribute Legacy Letter to her mother.

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An aunt writes a loving Legacy Letter to her nieces about the strong women in their family.

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