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Rachael Freed, Founder of Life-Legacies (for information, visit www.life-legacies.com), Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist. An inspirational lecturer and workshop facilitator, she provides legacy-related programs and training for health care, philanthropic, and religious organizations, for public and non-profit corporations, and for diverse groups of individuals experiencing life transitions. She is the author of Women's Lives, Women's Legacies: Passing Your Beliefs and Blessings to Future Generations and The Women's Legacies Workbook for the Busy Woman: A Step-by-Step Guide for Writing a Spiritual-Ethical Will in 2 Hours or Less. Freed is currently working on: Your Legacy Matters: Harvesting the Love and Lessons of Your Life - An Intergenerational Guide for Creating Your Ethical Will..

Freed has trained cardiac professionals internationally to support cardiac families. The 25th Year Anniversary Edition of Heartmates: A Guide for the Spouse and Family of the Heart Patient will be published in August, 2012 and the Third Edition of The Heartmates Journal: A Companion for Partners of People with Heart Disease, are the only resources available to support the emotional and spiritual recovery of families coping with heart disease. For more information, visit www.heartmates.us.

Entries by Rachael Freed

The Legacy of Spring Cleaning

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 9:06 AM

Though by the thermometer it may not feel like spring, by the calendar spring has arrived. The ritual of spring cleaning has a long history. I can still see my mother wearing her 1940's housewifely apron, the symbol for making everything "spick and span" as well as doing the deep...

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The Legacy of Lost Dreams

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 5:38 PM

When we write our stories to future generations, we are tempted to tell stories of our successes. It's how we want to be seen and remembered, as successful, talented, and wise.

Though it may go against the grain, it may be more useful, more human, to tell stories in...

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Legacies of Migration and Exile

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 1:42 PM

Just a day after returning from a legacy writing retreat with a focus on migration and legacy, I found myself in a nail salon listening to a woman sitting behind me. Her voice was thin and dull. I heard no expression of feeling though she didn't seem to notice. What...

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Legacies Through the Decades

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 3:36 PM

At a recent reading/conversation about my new book, Your Legacy Matters, I was asked an important legacy question: how to write about who we most essentially are and what matters most to us... to be known by those who will come after us, and to be connected to the larger...

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The Legacy of Dreams

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2013 | 3:26 PM

I'm reading Roger Kamenetz's book, The History of Last Night's Dream, Discovering the Hidden Path to the Soul, and had this dream.

The context: I am the crone responsible to tell the family-tribal story to the grandchildren and great grandchildren, especially urgent now because the tribe is in danger....

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Legacy Letters and Charitable Giving

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 3:06 PM

Except for the beauty of the richly-colored leaves fluttering to the ground announcing the season, Columbus Day, and Halloween, October seems a quiet month preceding the chaotic holiday season.

However, my mail is filling with gift catalogs with product I nor anyone I know needs or even wants. Their...

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Legacy: Learning to Let Go

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Summer naturally and gently lets go to autumn's gradual birth. Days are shorter, nights are cooler, farmers and squirrels harvest, trees dress up in their colors, their final seasonal celebration before the leaves let go.

"September is a pivotal month during which the outward-directed energy of summer...

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A Legacy of Beauty

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 1:19 PM

In a world fraught with chaos, violence and destruction, we need beauty more than ever. Why is beauty important, necessary? What sensations and spiritual connections do we derive from beauty? How can we pass forward what we perceive and experience as beautiful to future generations? Big beautiful questions to reflect...

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Write a Legacy Letter Today!

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 5:04 PM

I recently listened to an NPR documentary about the life of a war correspondent working in Syria. She was debating about when and if she should leave for a job less dangerous. Near the end of the program she said that however and whenever she made that decision, she needed...

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The Legacy of Our Favorite Stories

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 9:52 PM

In an age when books are threatened with disappearance being replaced by "tablets" (you know, the things we bought at the five & dime to write on), we'll focus this month on the legacy of loving books and stories to pass forward to a generation of young readers.

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Legacy and Travel: Linking Past and Future

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 11:46 AM

Travel is one way we can connect with our ancestral families. Given that we are a nation of immigrants, the opportunity to journey back to our pasts, to our and our ancestors' homelands, may be a powerful experience of belonging, of both joy and sadness, that changes our perspective about...

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Legacies for the Living as We Mourn the Losses of Newtown

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 10:00 AM

When we experience communal and countrywide mourning as we have because of the deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School this past month, we yearn to be able to do something positive. Of course, we can send our thoughts and prayers to the mourners and to the entire community so deeply...

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Legacy Gifts From Angels

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 1:35 PM

Not long ago I was reintroduced to angels -- not the kind with rosy cheeks or gauzy, transparent wings, but the angels in real life. You know, the people who come into your life with special support, a gift of wisdom, full-hearted support. Sometimes those angels may not even know...

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Legacy and Issues of Aging

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 3:23 PM

My musings as I approach my 74th birthday: Maybe that's why I feel invisible! But I'm feeling energetic and in love with my life, and I realize my blessings. I've not had a diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, my life is full and rich with relationships, meaningful work, learning and...

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Civility: A Legacy of Peace

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 2:07 PM

The legacy of civility, beyond our personal hopes for our families and loved ones, is imperative in our own country and the world. We have just in the past two years witnessed violent tragedies in our own country, the Jasmine Revolution in my Peace Corps home, Tunisia, and the ongoing...

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On Pets and Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 5:05 PM

Have you ever considered the lessons you learned and the love you expressed through your relationship with animals? Pets connect us to nature and are one of nature's best sources of love.

For children pets are playmates and a source of solace, love, protection, and companionship. How important was the...

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Legacy: Sharing Life Lessons

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 6:06 PM

One significant purpose for writing our legacies is to extract the lessons we've learned from our experience, from our "stories," to pass them forward to future generations. We do this even as we live in the chaos of world politics, a politics that has hijacked religion, using its words and...

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Take Time to Make This Day a Memorial Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2012 | 8:37 PM

Traditionally Memorial Day is to honor the memories of those we've lost, particularly those who sacrificed their lives in military service for our country. In contemporary practice, some visit cemeteries to plant flowers at graves, some attend memorial services with their religious community, but typically we celebrate this long weekend...

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Legacy Blessings: Honoring Our Mothers on Mother's Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 1:51 PM

In previous years we've concentrated on various legacy strategies to make the May Hallmark holiday, Mother's Day, substantive and meaningful.

One year, we celebrated our mothers with legacy letters of appreciation. In another year we reflected on mothering as action, something women do whether they have children or not....

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Legacy: Making a Difference

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 5:34 PM

Our legacies are incomplete if the values we espouse are not backed up with action. It's easy to talk the talk, but walking that talk is very different. Using our lives to make a difference is something we all aspire to do, and to leave as part of our legacy...

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