12 Questions To Ask At Thanksgiving

September 26, 2019


Every family has a colorful history, lessons learned, wisdom waiting to be shared- the things that make your family uniquely yours. Your stories, traditions, beliefs and values need not be taken to the grave.

These are things that make you who you are and should be shared with your children and grandchildren while you’re living. As you spend time with those you love, be sure to share stories of moments, people who mattered to you and causes you championed. Some ideas:


  1. Who has been the most important person in your life?

  2. What are the most meaningful life lessons you’ve learned?

  3. What are your favorite memories?

  4. What words of wisdom would you want to pass on?

  5. What are you proudest of?

  6. How would you like to be remembered? (You can use this to spark discussion about end-of-life wishes.)

  7. What are your hopes and dreams for the future?

  8. How has your life been different than what you’d imagined? Do you have any regrets?

  9. Where is your mom’s family from? Your dad’s?

  10. What do I need to know about our family’s medical history?

  11. Tell me about some traditions that have been passed down through our family. When and how did they get started?

  12. Is there anything you have always wanted to tell me but never have? (You can use this as a jumping off point for practical considerations, such as where important estate planning documents are kept, or long-term care arrangements.)




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