Have You Said . . .
♥ I've thought about writing my story, but who would want to read or listen to it?
♥ What if they forget about me?
♥ I'm afraid I won't remember the details of my parent's stories.
♥ My dad worked three jobs. I never got to know him as a person.
♥ I have so much to say, but my family isn't ready to listen to me yet. They just don't want to face my illness and my potential reality.
♥ Mom is moving into a retirement home. I worry that she'll feel like we are leaving her, and she doesn't matter to us anymore.
♥ I inherited boxes and boxes of family photos. I don’t know who the people are or why they were important to my parents.
♥ I really want to know what happened to my grandfather during the war, but he just hasn't opened up yet.
♥ Even though our relationships are strained, I still want my children to know how much I loved them.
♥ My parents are downsizing and sending me all of their "stuff." I don't want to be rude or ungrateful, but I don't have room, and I have a different style.
Who Commissions a Project?
Adult children who want to honor their loved ones
Chances are, your parents and grandparents are too humble to realize that their lives are important to you. They believe that you want to receive a purely financial legacy. But studies show that you would prefer to receive their values instead of their valuables (or a least a mix of the two.) What can you do? Ask your loved ones to preserve their stories for you and future generations. Be the one who asked.
Parents and grandparents who have a story to tell
Some parents and grandparents know that their experiences and wisdom can help their children and grandchildren navigate their own lives. In fact, studies show that children who know their family history have higher self-esteem, a stronger sense of who they are, and are more resilient than children who do not know their family history. We like to say that children who listen to and read our Storyteller's life stories learn to hope, cope, prosper, and enjoy their lives.
What to Expect When You Work with Us
We believe that preserving and sharing your loved one's memoir is as easy as telling a story during Sunday dinner.
We’ve found that when you commission a project with us, all generations of your family benefit. Many of our Storytellers are surprised by the transformations that occur within themselves throughout our work together. The following is just a sample of the results your family might experience:
Your loved ones will appreciate how fascinating they really are.
We believe that everyone has a fascinating story to tell. As soon as we begin preserving your loved ones' stories, they will agree with us! They will learn that they do have a story to tell, and no one else is qualified to tell it.
Your loved ones may feel a sense of peace.
Your loved ones may feel a calmness or a sense of peace while and after we work together. Whether they are preparing for a difficult surgery or treatment, dealing with end-of-life issues, or just learning to accept their own life experiences, your loved ones may find that they "feels better" after we work together.
Your loved ones will be remembered the way they choose to be remembered.
Whether your loved ones' stories, beliefs, and values are preserved in written or audio form, together we’ll capture the essence of how your loved ones want their family members to remember them in their own words.
Your loved ones will be the connection between past and future generations.
Through their stories and the relationships they describe, your loved ones will provide a bridge to your ancestors who have already passed and are unknown to future generations.
If you find yourself sandwiched between simultaneously caring for your parents and your children, you can begin to use the power of your stories to help the generations of your families understand each other more deeply. When multiple members of the family participate, the power of story is even greater.
Your family members may tell themselves a different story.
Research shows that the stories we tell and hear, especially family stories, become part of our personal narrative. This is particularly true for children and adolescents. As your loved ones tell their stories and family members read or listen, the stories each generation tells itself can and will become more authentic. Your family may experience an unexpected sense of understanding, forgiveness, and healing.
Like Our Own Grandparents
Our expert memoirists help our Storytellers remember and share their stories in a comfortable environment, without judgment.
Our Storytellers become like family, and from the beginning we treat them just like we'd treat our own grandparents. Your loved ones and their stories are safe with us.