End of life & legacy work in Toronto
Do you want to make amends or leave something tangible behind so you will not be forgotten? Would you like to spend some time making precious memories with the ones you love — something wonderful and meaningful, something that will last?
You’ve reached a point in your life where you’re re-evaluating the impact you’ve had in this world and have a strong desire to be remembered. It could be a lifetime of successes and generousity, great talent, a special family — a lifetime full of adventure and connections.
Have you considered creating an end of life legacy project? Legacy work isn’t about death and dying, it’s about life.
Legacy work is about life and living, making connections and sharing precious moments. It’s a powerful coping tool for the dying as well as the people around them and works throughout the process of anticipatory grief and beyond.
You will have the opportunity to re-evaluate your life and be remembered for who you are and what you’ve done.
You may also want a chance to ask for forgiveness if needed and to go from fear to acceptance. This process can foster changes in family relationships and dynamics.
Benefits of legacy work:
Reduces stress for caregivers and patients.
Decreases symptoms of discomfort.
Creates social interaction.
Opportunities to ask for forgiveness for all parties are present.
Supports change in how death is viewed.
Ensures the dying will be remembered.
Help you to take stock of your life's purpose and make meaning out of your story.
How I work with legacy projects
I will honour your desires and ideas in the creation of your special project and we can collaborate with family members or you can work solo I you wish. The project may be just for yourself and that’s totally accepted.
Once you are ready to start, I supply all the materials to complete your projects and if needed, enlist the support of family members to collect the elements you may wish to incorporate. I then assist and facilitate the completion of your project as per your request.
Let me assure you that both the process and the end result will feel deeply meaningful for the you and your family. It can be enjoyed by loved ones prior to and after death and offer something tangible to hold and to be comforted by.
Legacy work is suitable for seniors in retirement homes, those in palliative care and anyone who would like to embark on a journey of self contemplation and reflection at any point in their life.
Mosaic created by Lydia Charak as part of a legacy project in Toronto.
Examples of end of life projects:
Voice recordings of messages to loved ones
Writing to be read before and after death
Creating talismans with beads
Fingerprinting jewelry / pendants
Mixed music MP3s to listen to
Scrapbooks, poems, artwork, journals
Web online presence for perpetuity
Cookbook recipes for the families
Squares for quilts for future projects after death
Bequeathing objects like clothing or favourite things
Painted or mosaic murals
Legacy & end of life projects in Toronto
If this sounds like something meaningful for you and your family, please book a consultation so we can talk about what you are looking for.
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Artwork created by Lydia Charak as part of a legacy project in Toronto.