Tim Walter of Association of Small Foundations with Sharna Goldseker of 21/64.net have done a service to the field by putting together a resource to help grandparents communicate their legacy story across generations:
The Grandparent Legacy Project includes excerpted interviews with 15 well-known philanthropic grandparents, a CD to hear their voices, and a workbook to help you convey your own legacy.
This short sweet workbook would make a great client appreciation gift this Holiday season for financial advisors; also would be a fine way to prospect among wealthy families. They are often quite interested in passing on family traditions and legacy stories. Call it "touchy feely," or call it our innate urge to find and transmit meaning wisdom, but we are starved as a culture for authentic wisdom. Where better to find it (asks your Editor at age 59 1/2) than in our wise elders? I can hear my own children laughing quietly, recipients, I guess of Dad's lifelong effort to master and transmit the lore of the Fool. If I have taught my children to let the dead bury the dead, I have taught them well. Such is my harvest of wisdom. What seeds will you sow in the rocky soil of the next generation or two?