It lays out a moral road map. Writing an ethical will isn't only about reflections on the past. "It gave me a chance to state in a couple of pages what I stand for and what lies ahead for me, what are the things I want to focus on in my life as I get to the end of it," Smith says. "There was a sense of satisfaction, not so much about what I've accomplished, but what I have been able to stand for."
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