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Physical and Emotional Health Benefits

  • Cully, J.A.; LaVoie, D.; Gfeller, J.D. (2001). “Reminiscence, personality, and psychological functioning in older adults”. The Gerontologist 4 (1): 89–95. 10.1093/geront/41.1.89 ↗.
  • Cancer Support Team at Pennsylvania Hospital (August 2020) – Abramson Cancer Center – Focus on Cancer Blog –  Legacy Writing ↗
  • Frankl, V.  Man’s Search for Meaning. Boston Beacon Press: Houston Peak Press, 1987.
  • Gessert, Baines, Kurros, Clark, Haller. Ethical Wills and Suffering in Patients with Cancer: A Pilot Study. J Palliat Med. 2004 Aug;7(4):517-26
  • McNees, Pat. The Beneficial Effects of Life Story and Legacy Activities , Geriatric Care Management Journal, Spring 2009.
  • Pennebaker, J., Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. New York: Guilford Press, 1997.
  • Sobel (MD), D. & R. Ornstein. The Healthy Mind Healthy Body Handbook. New York: Patient Education Media, Inc., 1996.
  • Weil, Andrew, MD. Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being, Knopf, 2005


Legacy Letter/Ethical Wills generally


News articles

NY Times


Huffington Post