The Council of Dads

Monday, May 10, 2010

Bestselling author Bruce Feiler talks about what happened when he was diagnosed with cancer and began worrying about what his young daughters' lives would be like without him. In The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me, he tells the story of creating a council of dads, made up of six men from the his life who would be present for important passages in his daughters' lives.


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Matt from UWS

There is a long history (going back to the Hebrew Bible) of crafting messages for one's children to help guide them after the parents' have passed on. In the Jewish tradition it's called an "ethical will." Ethical wills are essentially way to share your values, blessings, life's lessons, hopes and dreams for the future, love, and forgiveness with your family, friends, and community.

I'm curious what analogous devices have been developed in other traditions and communities.

May. 10 2010 01:21 PM

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