Janet Lee Kraft, M.A., Ed.

Creator and Director, Leaving Lightly

Free Educational Speaker in Chicago

  • Leaving Lightly: Getting Your Affairs in Order So All You Leave Behind is Love

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Educational

    “Getting your affairs in order” can be a frightening, confusing, and overwhelming experience. MORE >

    Contemplating the end of your life—and its effect on the people you love—causes most people to avoid the subject for as long as possible. But eventually someone will need to wrap up the complex business of your life. And if you leave the affairs of your life in a mess, your loved ones will be heavily and unnecessarily burdened at a time they are already grieving your loss.

    Regardless of your age and state of health, "getting your affairs in order” is one of the kindest and most compassionate actions you can take to assure peace of mind for yourself and those you leave behind.

    I will share with you an organized system for getting your affairs in order that will ultimately make everyone's life so much easier.

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  • What Your Kids Don’t Know About You

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Miscellaneous

    You are a product of your time, and from that perspective, you are living history. You may not be the "official" family historian, but you know things that no one else does, or you know whom to ask. But have you written down or recorded your family history? Do your loved ones know what it was like growing up in your family and in your culture? Have you shared with them the things you are most proud of, or confided in them the things you regret? MORE >

    Chances are, these and other colorful stories are unknown to the people closest to you.

    I can guide you in thinking about and capturing the personal, substantive stories that your children and grandchildren will cherish forever. Your familial history can last in perpetuity, but only if you take action now.

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  • Making Yourself Immortal in the Digital Era

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Miscellaneous

    Immortality is the province of vampires and fiction writers. But while your physical body cannot live forever, your voice, mannerisms and image CAN continue to exist and influence your friends and family for generations to come through digital audio and video recordings. After you have passed, hearing the sound of your voice and seeing your unique body expressions once again can bring you alive in the hearts and minds of your loved ones like nothing else. What wouldn't you give to once again hear the voice of a deceased parent, child, spouse or friend? It may be too late for THEM, but with a little knowledge and guidance, it's not too late for YOU. MORE >

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  • Green Burial in Illinois

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Educational

    By their purchasing decisions, lifestyle, and political activism, many people live their lives with an eye towards environmental sustainability. Yet, after their passing, their post-mortem care often involves processes that are incongruous with their environmentally-sensitive lifestyle. Luckily, there are several methods of post-mortem care that provide little or no ill-effects to the earth. "Green burial" is one such method. We'll explore what constitutes a "green burial," and discover what our options are in Illinois for such care. MORE >

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  • I really enjoy and benefit from your talks and I know others do as well. I like your style, that of one who is open and honest and shares from the heart and mind and soul . . . Not just the head and reads from the books and notes. I trust you and people who share in this manner.

    Rodney Gittens, (former) Ecclesiastical Director, Creative Light Church