“I lost my dad to a heart attack when he was 63, I lost my mother to cancer just this year. I have very little memory of my father and certainly can’t remember what his voice sounded like. My memories of my mother’s voice are fading.
“After her funeral, I was looking through some old photo albums and found out that when she was in her late teens she was a magician’s assistant!
“I wish I had known that while she was alive. Now I’ll never have the chance to ask her about it.”
It’s for this reason, and the anecdotes shared with us by others who’ve lost people close to them too soon, that I offer a sensitive and caring video biography service for terminally ill patients. To share their personal story on video, to leave a legacy for their family now, and for generations to come.
Your values, your life stories, your milestones and important, or even incidental moments, will be treasured by those closest to you. Let your loved ones benefit from your years of wisdom and knowledge, and give yourself a chance to say goodbye YOUR way, in your time.
Here’s how it works
I spend time with a nominated family member or carer, alongside my client, to decide on the approach to the video interview. I speak, without recording, to every client to help calm any nerves, answer any questions, and decide the best way forward.
The venue and setting for the video is as important to your comfort as the stories you decide to share. A treasured well-worn armchair, sitting surrounded but family snapshots or your beloved pet.
We then set up some questions to start off our video conversation. It’s important to let the conversation flow, not to be too scripted or feel anything must be ‘perfect’. I have found that families love hearing stories and don’t expect perfection in the telling. I edit the video and create a lasting memory for you and your family to share.
Be the narrator of your own autobiography
Imagine if our ancestors had been able to leave video stories for US – what a treasure that would be.
To see history in the making, share family stories, personalities, challenges and triumphs. It would be priceless, wouldn’t it?
Don’t worry if you feel you’ll be emotional, leave it up to us to help you retell your important moments, or leave personal messages.
Be the narrator of your own autobiography, lovingly recounted on video.
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