How Do You Want to Be Remembered? Do You Have an Ethical Will?

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At the heart of it, people want to be remembered. "As human beings, we need to know that we matter," says Renata Marie Vestevich, author of the award-winning book Grant Me My Final Wish: A Personal Journal to Simplify Life's Inevitable Journey. "We want to know that while we were here, our presence mattered, that we had valuable things to say and that our lives stood for something."

At the heart of it, people want to be remembered. "As human beings, we need to know that we matter," says Renata Marie Vestevich, author of the award-winning book Grant Me My Final Wish: A Personal Journal to Simplify Life's Inevitable Journey. "We want to know that while we were here, our presence mattered, that we had valuable things to say and that our lives stood for something. For this reason, many are drawn to the idea of writing an Ethical Will."

Gravestones and mausoleums transcend death; they are hard evidence that we were here and, for a time, occupied our own special place in the world. Every grave marker tells something about the person that it honors. It gives us the person's name, date of birth, how long they lived and, perhaps, even a short epitaph. These things are permanently etched in stone for all to see.

Like a gravestone, an Ethical Will prevails over death. It is a way for people to share real life lessons, principles and values from beyond the grave. While standard wills ensure the proper disposition of material possessions after death, an Ethical Will provides the writer a way to live on after death in the hearts and minds of loved ones.

"When life gets really, really challenging, I often find myself wondering what my father would say or do," says Vestevich "and then I think how nice it would be to pick up a book and have his counsel, his guidance and his direction at my disposal. This is really the heart of Grant Me My Final Wish. Certainly, my book helps people identify, organize and manage important documents and vital facts to prepare for the inevitable," advises Vestevich, "but at its core, Grant Me My Final Wish is a way for people to impart the fundamental principles that governed their lives because every person's life, their very existence, mattered to someone."

Vestevich invites people to use her book to reflect upon their own experiences; to share those poignant events, heartfelt memories, precious photographs and important lessons which, together, tell the story of one person's very unique journey through life. "Grant Me My Final Wish is a tangible reflection of our presence here in this world. It says, 'I lived. I experienced. I learned. I was here. Remember me.'"

About the Author: Renata Marie Vestevich participates in radio interviews across the nation to discuss the importance of planning ahead for end-of-life issues and how creating an Ethical Will may be one of the most meaningful and cherished gifts that you can leave for your loved ones. Combining her nursing background with a successful business ownership, Vestevich helps many clients who deal with substantial, life-threatening health issues. These interactions, coupled with her own personal life experiences and heartbreaking family losses, inspired Vestevich to create this personal, compassionate and practical guide that no one should be without.

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