Record Your Life Story

As we travel along the life course, we experience many different stages and events. Our life may be long and fulfilling or it may be tragically cut short — but we all live a life that should be remembered and celebrated by our family and friends who are left behind.

In days gone past, we often relied on older generations to pass down stories by word of mouth or record their own life experiences and events in a diary or journal. Unfortunately, for many of us, these stories and records were not kept and our parents’ and grandparents’ lives are often an untold story with many missing pieces. It is often left to family and friends to try to put the jigsaw puzzle together, so that a person’s life picture is complete and their story can be told. This is particularly important when a eulogy is delivered at a funeral; whether by a relative, clergy or celebrant, there is quite often disappointment if it does not do justice to the person whose funeral it is.

By recording details (important dates, relationships, homes), anecdotes (some can be funny), even pictures, from your life story, you can ensure that your family and friends will have a deeper understanding of you and the life you lived and how you would like to be remembered.

Doing this has got easier with today’s technology. Your life story can now be written on a computer, tablet or smartphone and either printed or stored on a digital device like a memory stick or CD.

Click here for a guide in recording your life story.

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