When I started working with Lynda Spinelli, she was excited to write her memoir about surviving cancer, but she had no idea where to start. She told me that she was not a writer, but she still wanted to tell her story to help cancer patients from the holistic community. We met for four storytelling hours plus an hour for photo selection. Lynda's book is titled My Protocol: How I Broke the Rules and Survived Cancer.
A sample of an audio memoir
I worked long-distance with Al to publish his book titled The "Cute" One: Memoirs of a Grateful, Four-eyed Nerd with Quacky Feet. I also delivered a playlist of five recordings so his family would not forget his voice. Take a few minutes to listen to each story using the audio recordings below. Notice the intonation, accent, laugh, and emotion that cannot possibly be captured in print. I trust that you'll agree—your voice is an integral part of your Legacy of Love. Listen to a story from Al's memoir below.
Before Brittany and Tim were engaged, they thoughtfully contemplated their beliefs, their values, and their dreams for the rest of their lives together. They knew they were right for each other (and so did their families)!
From individual and shared experiences to faith, family, and friends, we captured the earliest days of their friendship and love.
Their mini-memoir will be a treasure for their children and grandchildren.
When Richie Mastroianni learned he was about to embark on a difficult medical treatment, he wanted to tell his family a few things. I worked with him to complete his Words of Wisdom mini-memoir. We also wrote private letters to be left for his loved ones and a personal statement to be read at his Celebration of Life service. Richie's wife, Diane, now takes comfort in listening to her husband's voice as he dictated his love letter.
When he was in his early twenties, William "Papa Bill" Ewald caught a bank robber. He told his family his intriguing story as part of his audio memoir. For Christmas the next year, I helped his grandchildren create a children's book telling the story. I crafted the rhyming text for the story, and his grandchildren drew and colored the pictures. After we presented Papa Bill with the book, I recorded him reading the story for his future great-grandchildren. It was a fun project that will touch many generations to come! Listen below.
HOW TO START WRITING YOUR LIFE STORY FOR YOUR FAMILY
♥ The #1 story your family members want you to write
♥ Storytelling tips
♥ Write your first story