Legacy Letters Testimonials

We were very fortunate to receive the 2012 Legacy Award at the Celebrate Children's 2012 Dinner. The gift we received was a beautifully bound book of pictures of our 4 grown children and 10 grandchildren and letters that each of our children had written to us. The beautifully crafted letters reflected on memories from their childhood, lessons from their life and thoughts that they wanted us to know. Leah Dobkin is a gifted writer who has pioneered the concept of Legacy Letters. She interviewed my children, asked them questions to get them to think about their life experiences and wrote four heart filled letters from their thoughts and insights. The Legacy Letters are a treasure to my wife and I. Children's Hospital gave to us the most meaningful gift one could receive. We owe a debt of thanks to Leah Dobkin who made it possible.

Dave and Marge Hamacher

We asked Leah to help with a meaningful gift for donors who are very special to Children’s Hospital and she truly delivered! Leah‘s interviews with family members were sensitive and thought-provoking, resulting in a wonderful collection of letters. The feedback we received from both the donors and the family members who were interviewed was overwhelmingly positive. Leah brings clarity to the true purpose of legacy letters and helps others articulate thoughts and feelings that can often be difficult to put into words. Leah helped create a memorable gift and more importantly, a memorable experience for this extraordinary family.

Mary Kay Gundlach
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation

The workshop was clear, concise and motivating. Leah Dobkin provided a variety of ideas and writing techniques to help me plan and develop skills for my Legacy Letter writing.

Jaydee Roncke

The workshop was a valuable and thought provoking introduction to Legacy Letters. Leah Dobkin’s encouragement and support was what I liked best about the workshop. I needed both.

Mary Behringer

The workshop was very informative- an eye-opening way to express myself. It helped me become aware of how I feel and communicate to others.

Kathie Oliva

Leah Dobkin helped me write a legacy letter for my children and their children. The process was a pleasure and the letter is a treasure, combining my stories about people and events with my hopes and advice for my family.

Leah interviewed me for a few hours. I thoroughly enjoyed talking with her and, although we have never met, I feel that she is now my friend. She made certain that the letter would truly be mine, asking me about what I wanted to achieve. She asked me about my family, my friends, the important moments in my life, my dreams for the future. She asked me questions that caused me to think in new ways about my past and my future.

Leah wrote a letter after the interviews and sent it to me for editing. It was fun and touching to read how she had pulled together so much information and made it organized and clear. She used my language in ways that surprised me and made the letter sound like my voice. Leah managed this entire process electronically, using phone and e-mail to make everything easy for me.

The finished letter is beautifully printed on parchment paper so that it can be read and treasured through years and generations. Because my children have the letter while I am still able to talk with them, it will lead us to questions and discussions. As years pass, the letter will lead to more stories and revelations as my grandchildren read it with the wisdom that they will find as they mature.

Because of the joy I found in the process and the final letter, I have thought about other people who could benefit from this process and a letter, maybe for their children and maybe for their parents. I look forward to passing along the information about Leah Dobkin and her Legacy Letters.

Carolyn Finegar
Collingswood, N.J.

Leah Dobkin conducted a wonderful, inspiring and productive workshop at Froedtert Hospital. The feedback I received from the participants was great; they really felt that they left with something valuable. We had a diverse group of individuals that attended and she was able to make it relevant for each person. The presentation was easy to follow and fun to participate in. Leah was very professional yet she did a fantastic job at relating with the group and keeping it light hearted. The Legacy Letter Workshop was a very easy one for me to facilitate. I worked on promoting it within our facility and made sure the space was available and ready for her but Leah handled the rest. I would highly recommend Leah Dobkin to anyone interested in sponsoring or participating in a Legacy Letter Workshop!

Maggie Lausten, Aesthetic Wellness Coordinator, Small Stones Wellness Center, Froedtert Hospital

The workshop was way above excellent. You are a great teacher and presenter and a very memorable woman. Thank-you for sharing your heart.

Marne Taylor

The workshop felt like ten minutes long. Three hours- No way! So fast, so fun, so important!

Cadie Loungan

The Legacy Letter Writing Workshop was a potpourri of ideas, and in-depth information on how to write and present a legacy letter. There was far more information and help in writing a legacy letter than I could ever imagine.

Joan Bearder

Leah Dobkin was creative and supportive and the participants were fascinating.

Maryann Gorski

Leah really prepared us to get started on our Legacy letter. There were tons of helpful advice, examples, exercises and handouts.

Darlene Seegert

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