"Topic of the Week" Project
I will meet with you weekly for 12 weeks. Each one-hour session will have a focus topic. I will audiotape you talking with me about the topic, then I will transcribe it, lightly editing for clarity. At the end of the 12 sessions, I will compile the answers into a simple book that will become a keepsake for the family.
It’s a fun way to get you thinking about different areas of your life, from childhood through the present. I will give you the next topic a week in advance so you have plenty of time to think about it. You or your family can contribute ideas about what topics you would like to discuss.
The sessions will be relaxed - I will help you think about what you might want to say about each topic, asking “trigger” questions as needed. This process of reminiscing is meant to be enjoyable and fulfilling, with the added benefit of having a tangible book as a keepsake!
Examples of topics:
* Pets * Special Jewelry or Keepsakes
* My Heroes * Food/Cooking
* Grandparenting * Joys and Blessings
* Proudest Achievements * My Siblings
* Travel Adventures * Parenting
Want to preserve family memories and stories for generations to come? I can help you create a simple book that will capture these treasures and preserve them for the next generation. Sound like a daunting task? It doesn’t have to be! I am committed to making it a relaxing and enjoyable process - in the comfort of your own home.
I always start with a free consultation to discuss options that will fulfill your hopes for your project.
1 on 1 Assistance
A legacy letter, sometimes called an “ethical will”, allows you to put your values, life lessons, personal philosophies and hopes for the future on paper to pass down to the next generation. Going through the process of writing one can be incredibly rewarding - and families love having them! It is essentially " a love letter to your family".
3 individual sessions (1 hour each) providing personalized assistance with process of writing a legacy letter
Use of structured reflection, homework and writing exercises to help formulate ideas into a final version
Archival pen and paper provided for improved preservation
Photo Memory Book
You choose up to 30 photos - tell me about the stories, the people, the events, etc. I will audio-record you telling me about the photos, then create a hard-cover book of your memories. It will be my pleasure to help you choose the photos and listen as you tell me the stories behind them!
* Up to 4 hours face-to-face time, going through photos and recording stories in the comfort of your own home
* Creation of a hardcover memory photo book, personalized to you
* Includes one copy of the book - additional copies available for cost of printing
8 Weekly sessions - 1 hour each
Many older adults struggle with depression, isolation, lack of sense of purpose in life, profound loss and grief. Talking about the past is a natural tendency for most older people, so it can be a powerful resource if directed in a meaningful way. Therapeutic reminiscence has been shown to have many benefits, including:
Promotes self-understanding and self-esteem
Helps to maintain their sense of identity - remembering all they have accomplished and experienced in their lives
Helps identify strengths, exploring how they got through past life challenges, reinforcing past coping mechanisms
Promotes mental and emotional well-being
Combats loneliness, isolation and depression - having an interested listener can remind them that they have experiences worth sharing
By looking back, reconciling accomplishments and losses - a sense of fulfillment can be attained (Eric Erikson’s final stage of personality development: Integrity vs Despair)
“Something is better than nothing - an hour of stories will become a treasure. Don’t wait - do it now.”
Mary Kay S.