Autobiographies of hospice patients, biographies of hospice patients, life stories of hospice patients

There is growing interest in reminiscence therapy or narrative care in hospice care. Reminiscence is proven to lower depression, lower physical pain, and increase happiness in study after study. Hospice patients would benefit from a process that provides some structure for creating a lasting legacy. These tools for reminiscence therapy could be used in hospitals, hospice care organizations, or in long term care settings. Reminiscence works for people of all ages and it builds a bridge between younger and older generations too.

A holistic approach to care is key; the mind body connection cannot be discounted. To that end, here are three proven tools for reminiscence therapy. There is also the option to become LifeBio Certified and gain access to the below resources and additional resources and training.

1) The Life Story Journal - a simple 72-question autobiography tool with warm up questions leading into background on the people who shaped one's life, historical events, childhood memories, growing up, adulthood memories, and a sharing of beliefs and values. $14.95 (quantity discounts are available) large print available

2) LifeBio Storyboard - An 18-x 24 inch poster that provides a template for creating a beautiful display about a person's life story. When time is of the essence, the storyboard can be the perfect option. The visual nature of it makes it something that all ages can enjoy building. It can be a great way to involve the family in improving the care delivered to a loved one. When caregivers know the person, they can love and care more. Just incorporate 3-7 pictures and some text about the person's life experiences. Storyboards can be displayed at life celebrations.  $14.95 (quantity discounts are available).

3) LifeBio Membership - Online template with over 250+ oral history questions about one's life. It is a complete and thought-provoking process. This template helps people write what family and friends would like to read. You can even generate a hardcover, leather-bound edition of the Legacy Book at the end of the online process or print out the pages on your own printer. Families collaborate to write a biography of a parent or grandparent. Even if someone lives far away, they can call a parent or grandparent on the phone and ask an excellent question and learn something new! ($19.95 lifetime membership)