The Stanford Friends and Family Letter Project is a relatively simple idea that eases some last-minute concerns of the elderly, according to the New York Times report "Writing a 'Last Letter' When You're Healthy."
It is not surprising that there are many things people wish they had done differently during their lives. One of the tragic things for those near the end of life, however, is that they often do not have the time or ability to tell loved ones what they regret not saying sooner.
The Stanford projects offers a free letter template with seven questions for people to answer. The questions include "Who do you wish to thank?" and "What do you wish to thank them for?"
This simple idea provides an easier way for people to organize their thoughts and let people know how they feel.
One thing this project does not address is estate planning.
Since a good estate plan is one way of lessening the end-of-life regrets it is a good idea to meet with an estate planning attorney who can guide you through the process.
Reference: New York Times (Sept. 7, 2016) "Writing a 'Last Letter' When You're Healthy."