“My father is not dead. My father is a book, and books do not die.”
– Elie Wiesel, The Testament
Love letters from beyond.
Chapter 2 of the First Book of Kings opens with the transfer of power from the dying King David to his son, Solomon, “I go the way of all the earth; be thou strong therefore, and show thyself a man; …”
An Ethical Will is a letter left by parents to their children, an encapsulation for them of their acquired wisdom which they believed to be as much a part of their legacy as property.
These are not morbid or grim documents – they arise from a love of life and a hope that the anticipated death will be physical only, that the writers will be remembered and their values perpetuated.