Your Legacy of Love: Realize the Gift in Goodbye

Your Legacy of Love: Realize the Gift in Goodbye

by Gemini Adams


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615193755
Publisher: Live Consciously Publishing
Publication date: 09/20/2009
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Legacy and Grief expert, Gemini Adams, studied with CRUSE Bereavement care, is a member of the National Federation of Spiritual Healers, a recipient of the prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship and a multiple award-winning author of several books. She helps families to prepare for and recover from loss through her Realize the Gift in Goodbye programs and is a contributing writer to You can find her at

Table of Contents

Part 1: Realize
Chapter 1 – The Opportunity
Chapter 2 – The Value of Emotional Assets
Chapter 3 – Getting to Grips with Grief
Chapter 4 – Don’t Mention the D-Word!
Part 2: The Gift
Chapter 5 – Good Guidance
Chapter 6 – Future Surprises
Chapter 7 – Life Story
Chapter 8 – Musical Memories
Part 3: In Goodbye
Chapter 9 – Define Your Wishes
Chapter 10 – Life Celebration
Chapter 11 – R.I.P Rest in the Present
Recommended Viewing
Recommended Reading
Recommended Websites
Bibliography Index

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Your Legacy of Love: Realize the Gift in Goodbye 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
lg4154 More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book and I found it very resourceful. After losing my Father 13 years ago, I wish this book was around then. I plan to share it with all of my family. This is not your typical Psychobabble grief book, the author puts everything into laymen's terms and I really got a lot out of it. This book was a very quick read & definitely a keeper for my permanent library.
lg4154 on LibraryThing 27 days ago
This was an excellent book and I found it very resourceful. After losing my Father 13 years ago, I wish this book was around then. I plan to share it with all of my family. This is not your typical Psychobabble grief book, the author puts everything into laymen's terms and I really got a lot out of it. This book was a very quick read & definitely a keeper for my permanent library.
ToddKTK More than 1 year ago
After the loss of two loved ones this past year, I found my way to Gemini Adams' book, Your Legacy of Love, which was a healing balm to my grieving soul. Adams connects immediately with the reader by sharing her heart-honest story of the loss of her mother. She knows of what she speaks -- she's been to the depths of sorrow, and understands the unique pain we're experiencing. But not only does she show us how to deal with that grief, she takes a wonderful step further by showing us practical steps we can take -- right now -- to ease the pain of our own loved ones down the road. What a true gift that most never consider. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gemini Adams has given the world an amazing playbook and gift with this extremely thought provoking, inspiring, and empowering book for those wanting to plan their legacy well in advance, and leave more than material wealth to their heirs...
sporterSP More than 1 year ago
"Your Legacy of Love" gives earthy practicality to our human yearning for connections that go beyond death. I immediately sat down and wrote letters to both my children telling them how proud I was of them, all the good I saw in them, apologizing for the impact some of my poor decisions and choices have had on them, and some motherly advice. I want next to write some areas of my health history that could be helpful to blood relatives as they age, as I find myself calling my sister to ask such things about our own deceased parents . Another project is to write a series of cards for my granddaughter to open at important stepping stones in her life - graduations, marriage, birth of first child. Since I have a video camera I need to turn it on and say something personal to the family. Once, on a camping trip with women friends, we huddled in a tent together for a whole rainy day and told the stories of our lives. The quality of listening we each gave drew out some powerful tales and lessons that I now wish someone had quietly recorded! Shortly after reading Gemini Adams' beautifully written and conceived book I found myself seated on an airplane next to a woman who was writing away on her computer. She was on her way to the hospital where her father was dying. She told me he was the only stable and loving male in this hard-working single mother's family, so she wanted to create something that would continue his positive influence after he passed. Although she had not heard of Gemini's book, she was calmly composing letters from her father to her children. Her plan was to read them to her father, print them up and ask him to sign them. Then she would parcel them out at the appropriate times in her children's lives. She said that for many years she had already been writing her own letters to her children, to give them when they were old enough to understand and appreciate those parts of her history with their father that were not appropriate for them to know yet. I asked her why she was writing these ahead, and she said she wanted the freshness of the experiences to come through rather than looking back on the history from a distance, and it settled her to know that her children would get these letters when they were ready for them, so that she wouldn't have voices in her head saying, "But if they only knew what he was really like...!". My wish is that Legacy of Love will spread like a wildfire of love to those of us who need some help to design our own legacy so we can die in peace knowing we've done what we could to help our loved ones.
OttawaTim More than 1 year ago
I finished this book a couple of weeks ago now and I'm still thinking about some of the things I read. It really can be a transformational book that covers a number of important angles. I have a young daughter and the discussion around emotional assets really struck a chord with me. I'm not sure that today we are doing a good enough job of preserving our life stories for future generations. It certainly got me thinking about how this should be done effectively, and I'm going to be working on mine over the next few weeks and months. The book does a great job of explaining how this can be done well, and the emotional toll if it is not done at all. If you get nothing else out of this book though, it will give you a renewed sense of living every day with purpose, and the quote from Michael Landon is brilliant "Somebody should tell us right at the start of our lives that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit". It isn't a morbid book, but one of inspirational tales. I have already passed my copy onto a friend.
RachelSmith13 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in September 2009. As I started reading, I could still feel myself resisting it, filled with the urge to hold it at arm's length, not wanting to invest too heavily or emotionally in the experience. But the way this book is written, the way the author talks to us - not in fancy, intellectual language, but in plain, colloquial words that clearly come straight from the heart - eventually made me want to draw the book closer rather than push it away. Soon I couldn't resist diving in, headfirst, in order to be enveloped in the warm embrace the author, and her mother, were freely offering. I thought this was going to be a book about dying, but it's not, it's a book about living, it shows us that unless we're prepared to man-up and face the fact that death is inevitable, we will continue to live in a state of paralysis, convinced we can always put off today what we could do tomorrow. I'm not talking about the easy stuff, the comfortable stuff, that we are more than willing to throw ourselves at, I'm talking about the stuff we don't want to do, the stuff we resist - like preparing for our own demise. Once we're prepared to face what's coming for us, we can truly live freely. The author encourages us to see life itself as a precious gift, no matter what we've experienced. Encouraging us to contemplate our life in the context of our death, she says, "As you look back on the events of your life, you might notice how even the tough times, when you struggled and suffered, weren't actually so bad. Somehow, these challenges helped you open another door, forcing you to grow, or they helped you to develop a deeper faith or gave you strength in an area where there previously was none." Reading this book made me see that living and dying are synonymous with each other, an interwoven journey that we can choose either to captain or to crew. The author asks us whether we will choose to "prepare for this journey as a pioneering leader who seeks success. or to remain a passive bystander, reacting to events as they unfold, allowing someone else to take the helm?" Beyond all its existential revelations, the book is also full of practical information. For instance, I always thought I wanted to be cremated and have my ashes scattered at sea. Now I know that a "green burial" is available. I can literally be "composted" in a biodegradable box. This fills me with great relief as I'm always trying to do my bit for the environment. And hidden, humbly, within the pages of this important book, is the author's personal story; a story told without indulgence, from the heart, culminating in the tear-jerking balloon moment, which explains the image of rising balloons on the front cover. It is the most ordinary story in the world: a girl loses her mother at a fairly young age. What is extraordinary is that this girl chose to turn the experience into a timeless, selfless gift that could change the lives of countless millions of people for centuries to come. I hope Andrea Adams can see, from wherever she is, what an incredible gift she gave the world when she gave birth to her daughter, Gemini.
Braden_Kuhlman More than 1 year ago
This is a gift that lasts a lifetime and beyond! I suggest to anyone of any age- male or female, parent or grandparent, single or not- that this book is a warm, necessary must read. "Your Legacy of Love: Realize the Gift in Goodbye" opens a brilliant conversation about living fully, while taking care to arrange all aspects of having the happiest life possible without leaving any wake of the unknown or unsettled to your loved ones. I've been talking with my immediate, as well as distant, family members about recording our family history since I can remember. One of my favorite parts of family gatherings growing up was hearing the stories- whether "long" or short tales of adventures, how my parents & other family couples met, notes about a famous relative, every day life lessons, wild romances or anything in between. I was hooked and compelled to know how I related to these people. I wanted to be a part of them, as I deeply felt they were a part of me. I mostly wanted to remember these stories, which I always asked my family to repeat, as I would forget the correct version of tales after I left, or incorrectly blend the tales. Having just turned 40 this year, still unmarried and without children, but wanting all that life has to offer, the importance of these family memories has grown exponentially for me during 2010. When I was copied on an email from a relative imploring the cousins of her era to please start writing any memories they could recall, regardless of writing skill, I was delighted to be in on the email exchange. When I came across "Your Legacy of Love: Realize the Gift in Goodbye", on referral from a friend and having recently been trying to console another friend about a suicide loss, I was stricken to my core with the story at the outset. My parents are my best friends. Despite their divorce during my college years, the concept of being without either of them from my 20's onward is inconceivable for me. I quickly shared the link for the "Legacy of Love" book with my family who'd been copied on our family history email thread. A few family members responded immediately asking about the "leaving your legacy" topic. It launched an initial conversation in my family about what it means to have a legacy, as well as some great chatter about the history of our ancestors that was wild and colorful. The instigator of our family history email even noted she'd bought Gemini's book to add to her kindle to read on a safari trip upcoming. I'd felt a lot around the loss of my grand parents especially. I had these little girl dreams of everyone attending my future wedding, and when they passed I grieved in ways about that fact that would never happen. I admit fully that Gemini's experience completely mimics what I'm going through- the idea of having the stories, the written words of family members in lieu of money or property for example is utterly priceless by comparison for me. I am blessed that my family is willing to take this journey on before letting more time pass without recording the beauty of who we are- for us to relish reading now, and for generations that are coming, and will come when we are gone. So, we're off and running to makes notes of the family stories. The fun elements I'm hearing about in advance are the different perspectives being shared by some family members of the same events, but each with unique memories and visions o
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
Your Legacy of Love is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards® honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
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