How to write your life story

This article is part of Hospice Spring Appeal 2014

Everyone has a story to tell. Recording the story of your life is a wonderful way to reflect on what is meaningful to you; plus, your story leaves a legacy of anecdotes for your family and future generations to enjoy.

Many people are interested in telling their story but need some help getting started. Dan Curtis is a volunteer who manages Victoria Hospice’s Life Stories program. He has shared a few questions to help you begin recording your life’s journey:

  • How would you describe yourself as a child?
  • What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your life?
  • If you had to evacuate your home immediately and could take only one thing, what would it be and why?
  • What would you place in a time capsule that would tell a relative 100 years from now who you were?
  • What is the secret to a happy life?

Answering these questions will get you started on recording your life and will provide meaningful and interesting conversations with your family.

Did You Know That Victoria Hospice Has a Life Stories Program?

When people are registered with Hospice programs, they are offered the opportunity to share their life story with a trained volunteer. These volunteers have undergone many days of extensive training. They use an interview format to gently guide patients’ conversations and to ensure patients disclose only what they are comfortable sharing.

Patients’ interviews are recorded, transferred to audio CDs and then are packaged and presented to patients and their families. Hospice does not keep any interview recordings and volunteers do not discuss or share any information about patients unless the patient asks them to do so. There is no charge for this service.

The benefits of the Life Stories program are best summed up in this testimonial by one family:

“My family and I are very grateful for the Life Story CDs...the girls and I are so happy to have something very personal from their mother. Moving forward for our family will be difficult but the audio CDs will go a long way in healing a lot of broken hearts.”

Your life story is a treasure you can give to your family and to future generations.

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