Acadia Senior College

Course offerings

Writing a “Legacy Letter”

Jay Sherwin

Online via Zoom
This course is designed to introduce the concept of “legacy letters” and to encourage participants to craft their own legacy document. A legacy letter (also called an “ethical will”) is a written document that allows people to share their life lessons, express their values, and transmit their blessings to future generations. Writing a legacy letter is a rewarding experience that creates an enduring gift for children, grandchildren, and other loved ones. The course includes discussion, brief writing exercises, and a model structure to help participants complete a legacy document that can be shared with family and friends.
About the instructor

Jay Sherwin has practiced law, given away money for five different charitable foundations, and served as a hospital chaplain. He created the Life Reflections Project in 2019 to educate people about legacy letters, ethical wills, and other legacy documents. He has extensive experience leading online adult learning programs and he has taught this course for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute programs nationwide. More information is available on his website at

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