One of the glaring changes in the end of life arena is the change in emphasis from whether to bury or cremate to how to create a legacy.
Before the 1975 only 6% of the US population was cremated, but today it’s about 45%. With the emphasis being less about caskets, body viewing, tombstones and buying a grave site, the new focus is how to create a legacy. I’m seeing baby boomers in some way, even a small way, wanting to leave a mark on the people who knew them and perhaps even those who didn’t.
With the ability to share your wish around the world in just minutes with Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms, it’s never been easier to get a legacy message out.
An example of this trend is the writer Anna Dewdney who wrote and illustrated the children’s, Llama, Llama books. Only 50 years old, Anna died on September 3, 2016 after a 15 month fight with brain cancer. Dewdney was an outspoken advocate on children’s literacy. So, true to her beliefs and life work, she asked that friends and family instead of having a service for her, read a book to a child instead.
What an awesome legacy to leave. It warms my heart picturing all those children listening to the caring sound of someone reading a book to them.
What legacy would you like to leave behind? How would you like for others to celebrate your life? Please share in the comments section below.