A Lasting Letter is a letter written to someone you care about, someone who you wish to hear your voice and read your words long into the future. With all the technologies we’ve invented, there is still nothing that outdistances paper.
Sometimes referred to as a legacy letter, A Lasting Letter can take many forms:
it can be short or long, it can be a memento of a time, a certain connection, a story, a guided instruction, a statement of values, a love letter for all time, and more.
People write letters to children, to grandchildren, to spouses, to friends.
The heart of the letter are the words that carry one’s voice forward in time.
The process is fluid and collaborative. We talk, I type. Conversation flows, questions arise. Informal in process, it is a collaboration in which I am the scribe, the coaxer of questions. It can be joyous, poignant, thought-filled and more — all of which results in a letter that is lasting.
I volunteer this work in hopes that it brings comfort to the letter writer and the letter receiver.
Frish Brandt has been writing letters all of her life. Her interest in Lasting Letters (aka Legacy Letters) began several years ago as life presented more and more opportunities for this work. Frish is aligned with an increasing range of palliative care doctors, chaplains, and hospices, as well as all the rest of us mortal souls, in promoting the importance of writing letters of meaning to those who are special in our lives.