“A picture says a thousand words,” as the saying goes. Many people have pictures from throughout their whole lives — boxes upon boxes (or computer files upon computer files) of baby, school, family, and holiday photos. And each one of these pictures inevitably can be linked to a memory or two.
When your child is getting ready for high school or college graduation, a great milestone in life, it’s always nice to look back on how far they’ve come. For graduation parties or just for a sentimental keepsake for your child to take with them into the next stage of their life, a graduation memory book is a wonderful way to celebrate all that they have accomplished!
Below is a roundup of some of my favorite solutions for innovations in memory care.
It was surprising to me to talk with an avid genealogist who couldn't see the value in writing her own life story. "Write my life story, why?" she said. I was puzzled. Why wouldn't a genealogist see the value in her own life story? Instead she was focused on uncovering the lives of her deceased relatives.
It is amazing when a person's life story can be built online. For many people, it is the only way to go, especially for those that want to avoid like the plague just staring at a blank sheet of paper wondering where to start. Why not use the power of a website to write your life story online?
Storytelling is powerful and it is natural. Why should it be encouraged? Because it is also good for people's health and sense of wellbeing.
In addition to the wisdom passed down, we now know that reminiscence and life review is a proven way for older adults to gain self worth, learn more about themselves, and give the gift of their stories to the next generation. Recalling life stories or even writing an autobiography should be encouraged at any juncture in one’s life, but primarily as people reach end of life.
This topic is on my mind because I am thinking of two friends with metastatic cancer, and I know that everyone can think of someone facing cancer in their lives. In both cases, these two people are under the age of 50 and they have young children or children in their early years of adulthood.
At a Celebration of Life, it is common to see displays of pictures and other physical mementos of your loved one, but wouldn’t it also be nice to include their memories in their own words? This is one of the many benefits of memorial books, which you can begin compiling long before the end of a life.
Simply put, memory books are physical copies of yours or your loved one's memories and life history. They are a way to assemble a version of an autobiography or memoir and they give future generations something to remember you by.