Yesterday I attended a training session at the St. George Hospice. We discussed how we could help patients write their life's story. What better way for a person at the end of their life to share their history in a book to be treasured by their faimly? I thought this was an exceptional service to provide to the community.
Do you know someone who is elderly? It doesn't have to be a person who is near death, but possibly a relative whom you care about.
We discussed how to begin--start by asking questions, find a topic that clicks with the individual and get them talking. If they're comfortable, use a recording device or a video. Talk to the family and collect pictures. Ask open ended questions, like:
- What is (are) your most vivid childhood memory?
- What obstacles or hardships have you overcome?
- What do you enjoy in life? Why?
- What is the most important role you played in life?
- Tell me about your career?
- Were you in the service? When? Where?
- What was the proudest moment in your life?
These are only a few of the questions that were in the booklet. The class was taught by Lin Floyd and you can find her on http://lettersfromlin.blogspot.com/ Also, she has a book, Find Your Voice, Write Your Life Story, where she uses her own life to show readers how to start and complete their legacy:
What a wonderful gift to give to a family.