As the director of educational outreach at the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center for twenty-six years, Merle Saferstein worked closely with hundreds of Holocaust survivors helping them pass along their Legacy of Remembrance to hundreds of thousands of students and teachers. She developed a course entitled Living and Leaving Your Legacy® and teaches and speaks to audiences locally, nationally, and internationally.
She trains hospice staffs and volunteers showing them ways to help patients leave their legacies and works closely with the patients at the end of their lives doing sacred legacy work. She volunteers at a camp for children who experienced the death of a family member—helping them discover tools to cope with their grief, facilitates an all-day parent session at these camps, leads workshops in journaling through grief for adults and children, and also facilitates a writing for wellness class at Gilda’s Club for women who have been impacted by cancer. She is currently spearheading a committee to create a weekend bereavement retreat for families.
Merle has completed over 375 volumes of journals and currently facilitates two journaling circles. For fourteen years, she culled through her journals taking excerpts according to approximately seventy topics. From this, she is currently working on a legacy journaling project which will be a collection of books entitled A Strand of Pearls. Merle is the author of Room 732, a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree.