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Man In The Maze From the Tohono Odham Tribe of Southern Arizona

by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul
In the fell clutch of circumstances
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of change
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the year
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

The Legacy Project
Capturing the Memories of the Past and Planning for the Future

Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD
Eva Chittenden, MSW
Paula Chung
Alexandra Andrews
J. Ben Davoren, MD, PhD
Jane Hawgood, MSW
Denah Joseph, MFT
Alexandra von Ehrenkrook
Louise Maffitt, BFA
Isadora R. Rosenbaum, MA
Stephanie Shapiro, BA
David Spiegel, MD

The Legacy Project

The legacy project provides a structured way to collect, save, and store family history information with stories, events, photographs, audio and video recordings, a family tree, and a scrapbook with stories, articles, pictures and documents. This can be a practical way of capturing a family's history and make a family legacy of many of the memories and precious events which represent a person's and family's life story. It also provides guidance on how you can plan your personal, financial and end-of-life care to help simplify necessary family duties and decisions so that your wishes are carried out.

The Legacy Project Introduction and Goals

Legacy Project Parts

Legacy Lessons of Symbolic Immortality

Legacy Project Concepts and Goals

Journal Boxes

Legacy Project (pdf version)

Appendix A
Potential Topics for an Ethical Will
Appendix B
The Family History Initiative of the U.S. Surgeon General
- Forms for the Family History Initiative of the U.S. Surgeon General
Appendix C
A Personal, Portable Health Record
Appendix D
Creating Your Family Tree

Appendix E
Appendix F
Conducting a Legacy Project Interview
Appendix G
Planning for Your Future by Getting Your Affairs in Order
-- Legacy of Love: End-of-Life Forms
Appendix H
Additional Resources

We wish to acknowledge three survivors whose legacies have made a difference to society by improving quality of life.

Ken Colvin, a cancer survivor who, as a 19-year-old Army surgical technician helped liberate Nazi death camps in 1945. He later supported student fellowships and many charities, and set an example for how to give back and live.

Annette Campbell-White, a valiant cancer survivor, has become a philanthropic executive to promote medical research projects and is a major supporter of the Arts, Music and Culture in California and in her native New Zealand, making a difference in many people's lives.

William Lowenberg, the sole member of his family to survive Auschwitz and Dachau, became a major financier and community activist, supporting and promoting medical, cultural, and social projects and serving on many charity boards. John Kerner, MD, a survivor of World War II who led his medical corps team through D-day, Omaha Beach, France, and the Battle of the Bulge. All of his medical corps team survived. In November 2007 he received the French Legion of Honor Medal from the President of France.

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