Leah Dobkin

Personal Historian, Freelance Writer and Author
Legacy Letters
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Leah Dobkin is a personal historian, freelance writer and author and has contributed to Kiplinger's Retirement Report, AARP, and other regional, national and international magazines and websites. Her passion is to strengthen the ties between generations by collecting people's stories and transferring their wisdom to the next generation. She offers writing services, coaching and workshops to help people, or their loved ones, craft a legacy letter, memoir or organizational history book. The process is life-affirming, deeply spiritual, fun and satisfying.

Ms. Dobkin is based in Stuart, Florida, and works with families, businesses, universities, foundations and nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and abroad. She holds a master's degree in gerontology and nonprofit management from Columbia University.

What is a Legacy Letter?

A Legacy Letter is a highly-focused letter, heirloom book or recording that translates your personal and family stories and values into life lessons and wisdom that can inform and transform the younger and future generations.

Younger people can also create a Tribute Legacy Letter, explaining what legacy they received from someone, and many other specialty Legacy Letters suitable for special occasions and circumstances. In fact, a Legacy Letter can be written by anyone, at any age, and at any time, but it is often scripted at significant life events such as a birth of a child, or grandchild, graduation, marriage or retirement.

Crafting a Legacy Letter is an important opportunity for reflection, illumination and healing. You discover and reclaim the legacies of your ancestors, clarify your values, give purpose to your life, and translate your stories and hard-earned life lessons into wisdom, blessings and gratitude to loved ones.

Legacy Letters preserve who you are, and what matters most. It is a way to be remembered, understood, and to make a real difference for the next generation. Creating a Legacy Letter is a profound personal exercise. It can be equally profound and helpful to those fortunate enough to be on the receiving end. It is a win-win for all involved.