Not long after Athena Orchard, then 13, lost her short battle with cancer, her family uncovered a hidden message of over 3,000 words written on the back of her bedroom mirror. The Orchard family's story was featured in the Daily Mail.
“Happiness depends upon ourselves. Maybe it's not about the happy ending, maybe it's about the story.” she wrote. “The purpose of life is a life of purpose. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”
An article in the Dallas Morning News, quoting a 2012 American Legacies Pulse Study, states that family history is the most important "asset" that we bequeath to our descendants.
According to the story, 86% of people ages 47-66 and 74% of those ages 72+ say that passing on family stories and memories means more to them than passing on material possessions.