What goes into a Personal History DVD?
Just about anything you want – new interviews, old home videos
and movies, family pictures (no matter how large or small). Even
documents such as letters, handwritten notes and postcards can
We have hundreds of questions and topics to help start the conversation
with your parents. Even the most reluctant interviewees find that
once they start talking about themselves, they have more to say
than they thought. Many find the experience therapeutic.
Here are the things children often want to know about their parents:
How did they meet?
How did they decide to have you?
How they grew up – what it was like?
How did they pick their career?
What are the obstacles they overcame?
What do they remember about your grandparents?
What are their hopes, their dreams and the lessons they’ve
What you were really like as a child?
In interviews, the parents of our clients have talked about the
loss of loved ones during war, their relationships with their parents
and memories of childhood games. No matter how seemingly small the
story, it always reveals something about the storyteller. It’s
those details that our clients cherish forever.
A values statement
One of the most cherished things a parent can pass on to their children
and grandchildren is their unique outlook on the world, their life
lessons and values. We can work with your parent to write a values
statement, also known as an ethical will. This is not a legal document,
but a statement of what your parent thinks is important – the
values they want to live on and inspire you and your children.
Your parent can then read that document
For more information about ethical wills
Letters and other documents
Do you have letters from relatives that are no longer with us? We
can record you, an actor, or someone appropriate reading the letter
and incorporate it into the story.
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