In the past three years, I have supported dozens of Arbor Hospice patients and their families in preserving patients' life stories on video and DVDs.
I have learned through those experiences that most of us have one fundamental thing in common as our lives near their end - we want to share what we have experienced and learned and to be known for who we uniquely are.
During the hour or two that it typically takes to record patient and family memories, patients share:
- Life events and memories that no one else in history has had or will ever duplicate;
- The simple but always profound wisdom that they have acquired over their lifetimes, no matter how long or brief life has been (the oldest patient was on the cusp of 101 and the youngest was 17); and
- Special messages of encouragement and support to children, grandchildren and other loved ones that will resonate across generations.
This blog post was written by Dennis Sparks, Arbor Hospice Volunteer. You may contact Dennis by commenting below or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.