Five Keys to Leaving a Legacy: How do You Want to be Remembered?

Sunday, October 16, 2022

When it comes to leaving a legacy that is enduring and meaningful, look beyond bank accounts and possessions.

The most promising path to immortality isn’t through massive endowments or amazing feats. It’s the result of simple things like kindness, integrity, and compassion. Have you thought about how you would like to be remembered? It all comes down to how you live your life, the plans you make, and the messages you choose to convey.

Read on for some considerations that will help you craft an enduring legacy that reflects what matters most.

Recognize the value of your charitable contributions.

Meaningful philanthropy doesn’t require great prosperity. If you are like most people, you don’t have extraordinary wealth. But you still have the power to make important contributions in your daily life. Giving your time to your community, church, local schools, or civic organizations can vastly improve the lives of friends and neighbors. The small community garden you help to create might provide residents access to nutritious food for decades to come. Don’t be fooled into believing that your actions are inconsequential just because they didn’t require great wealth.

Demonstrate compassion.

Empathy leaves a profound imprint on both the giver and the receiver. It leads to mutual happiness, peace, and greater connectedness. Be intentional in your efforts to understand the hardships and struggles of those around you. Leaving a legacy of positivity gets easier when compassion is your daily practice.

Celebrate your accomplishments.

Do you sell yourself short when it comes to acknowledging your successes? Rest assured that your efforts are worth recognizing. Raising your children well, for instance, is an amazing feat and a wonderful, lasting legacy to leave behind in the world. Whether you are a loyal employee, a fabulous cook, or a formidable tennis player, take time to revel in what makes you special.

You are the creator and narrator of your life story.

Your experiences cannot be reproduced by others but they can be recorded and preserved for future generations. You might choose to share your story with your loved ones while you are living, or you may prefer to leave it in the form of a legacy letter, journal, or video to be discovered after you pass away. The choice is up to you and there is no right or wrong way to impart your personal history to others.

Tell the story behind your bequests.

If you have jewelry, antiques, art, or other possessions to pass on, leave a brief history with each piece and describe its importance to you. For family heirlooms, explain how it was passed down from generation to generation. Sharing personal stories like these will make the items you leave behind all the more meaningful.

Choosing how you want to be remembered is all about the life choices you make each day. Leaving a legacy is a privilege, so proudly share your unique gifts with the world.

Do you have questions or need assistance creating your personal legacy? Our knowledgeable, compassionate funeral directors are here to help. Please reach out to us anytime.

About Vaughn Greene Funeral Services: For more than 25 years, Vaughn Greene Funeral Services has been providing a ministry of care to Baltimore’s African American community. As a leading local, minority- and family-owned provider, we promise to provide our highest level of service and respect to families who entrust us to honor their loved ones. For more information about our funeral, cremation, memorial, repast, and grief counseling services, please call us at 410.655.0015 or visit us online at

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