You | The Storyteller
Some people think they would have a lot worth talking about. Others feel they haven't lived a particularly exciting life. But as the process begins and people start reflecting on their lives, they realise there are many stories worth passing on.
The experience validates their being. It can give them a sense of a life really well lived. By finding your voice and telling your story, you in turn empower yourself. Your accomplishments, your mistakes, the good times and the challenging.
The psychological benefits are well documented. You may have heard of Reminiscence Therapy. It's defined by the American Psychological Association (APA) as "the use of life histories - written, oral or both - to improve psychological well being." Talking about old times has been shown to improve mood, well being, communication and even memory.
A life story production is the greatest gift to future generations.
More people than ever seem to be researching their own family's history. Just consider the rise of genealogy websites such as ancestry.com.au. People want to know where they came from. And who better to preserve your history, your stories, than you?
Your life story should be a celebration of you. A tribute. When the time comes and a loved one passes away, friends and family will appreciate the opportunity to collectively celebrate the person they loved. A unique film autobiography could be played at a memorial service as a heartfelt tribute to a person who touched their lives.
In fact, many people find that the screening of a life story helps friends and family with the grieving process. By looking back on a loved one's life, they are given the opportunity to not only celebrate that life, but to re-live special moments and unique memories that they may have been a part of. Organising a fitting memorial service can be time consuming and stressful at what is a very difficult period. Having a unique, dignified life story production is one way of taking stress away.