The Oxford English Dictionary defines a person\u2019s last Will and Testament in the following terms:\n\n\u201cA legal document containing instructions as to what should be done with one's money and property after one's death.\u201d\n\nIt\u2019s a black and white definition which conjures up a level of solemn seriousness.\u00a0 After all we are talking about \u201cdocuments\u201d \u201cdeath\u201d \u201cthe law\u201d and \u201cone\u2019s assets.\u201d\nBut what if I start to add some more colourful words to this drab description of Will. Like \u201cchoices,\u201d \u201clove,\u201d \u201cdevotion,\u201d \u201cself expression,\u201d \u201clegacy\u201d and \u201cyou\u201d.\nFor in these terms your Will becomes a magical scroll which allows those things which make you \u201cyou,\u201d to live on after your death.\n\nIt\u2019s completely your choice what you include in your Will. You may want to express your devotion to a loved one, a pet, or a cause close to your heart. Or you may want to include weird and wonderful burial instructions or messages to loved ones from beyond the grave.\n\nThe following household names are examples of those who have used their Will to great effect. In one case they literally illustrate that the sky\u2019s the limit when it comes to what you can request in your Will.\n\nMessages beyond the grave\n\nMagician Harry Houdini loved his wife\u2019s company so much that he famously instructed her to hold a s\u00e9ance every year.\n\nIn his Will was a 10 digit code so she would know it was his spirit. Faithful to her husband\u2019s memory, his wife Bess held a s\u00e9ance every Halloween but sadly never had much success in rekindling conversation with her husband.\n\nWeird and wonderful Wills\n\nOther weird yet wonderful requests have involved instructions for final resting places. The creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry, asked for his ashes be scattered in space. Six years after his death in 1991 his dreams were realised and his remains went into orbit aboard the first private space burial on The Founders Flight.\n\nAs well as messages beyond the grave, the most common use of a Will is the distribution of money and prized possessions. Even this practise can speak volumes about what means the most to you.\n\nThere are numerous examples of devoted pet lovers who express their eternal love for their animals by leaving them vast sums of money. Take fashion designer Alexander McQueen who left $75,000 to his dogs.\n\nLeaving behind a better world\n\nBy far the most wonderful of our Weird and Wonderful Wills list is that of Body Shop founder Anita Roddick. Upon her death she chose to donate her \u00a351 million fortune not to friends or relatives but to a range of charities and causes she cared about during her lifetime.\nThis choice continues to make the world a better place years after her death and touches the lives of numerous people.\nSo why not have some fun when you choose what to include in your Will. Imagine your legacy being a unique funeral request, message to a loved one or a gift to a charity which will do good for years to come.\n\nJenny Peake, individual giving manager at Douglas Macmillan Hospice\n\nFind out more about making a Will.