Life stories, more often than not, are only gathered and told once a person has died. People start asking questions about family homes, loves, career, hobbies, travels and experiences once the best person to ask those questions is no longer around to answer them.
So whether it is your own or a loved one’s story that is worth capturing… do it now!
You can write it yourself. You can answer questions and get me to write it. Or you can engage me, as an experienced writer and author, who is an expert in understanding the human condition to ask questions; to elicit stories, experiences, adventures, lessons and legacy messages.
Your or your loved ones’ story can be used to enrich family histories, as legacies for future generations and as rich sources of information for end of life commemorations.
The best time to capture a story is now. The best time to prepare for a eulogy is anywhere between now and the days immediately preceding your or your loved one’s death – if you know when that will be. As most of us don’t know, now is best.
What is a Life Story?
…your life story is anything you want it to be.
It is your retelling of your life experiences. It can include memories and anecdotes from childhood. It might have a focus on your family or your career. It might mark the major events in your life or capture your achievements.
It can be a serious and reflective tome on all the things you have achieved, the people you have met and the places you have been.
It can be a light-hearted walk down memory lane. That lane might be a short one or it might be one you can wander down over many days or weeks.
It can be about the things you’ve learnt.
It can be about the lessons you would like to leave for others.
It might include what you would have done differently if you could do it all again.
Simply put… there is no one right way to capture a life story!
Your life story is exactly that.
It is your retelling of your life experiences.
It can include memories and anecdotes from childhood.
It might have a focus on your family or your career.
It might mark the major events in your life or capture your achievements.
It is your opportunity to tell your story, find a way remind others of your presence in their lives, one way for you to remembered. You might be more than capable of writing your own story. If that’s the case, don’t delay… Get started now. No matter how much we might think ourselves immortal, history has a way of proving every one of us wrong! As surely as we are born and take our first breath, we will take our last breath and die. Don’t let your story go untold because you think you’ll have “time to do it later”. Sometimes later never comes and sometimes death comes sooner than we think!
Getting Started… Getting Your Story Captured…
Getting your story captured is as easy as picking up the phone or sending an email. Depending on where you are in the world, arrangements can be made to have however many conversations are required, to capture your story. Conversations can be face-to-face, online or over the telephone. Conversations can be as free-flowing or as guided as you like. Your story can capture the minutiae of your life, your key achievements, major events or values and messages… or a combination of any, or all, of those parts of life mentioned.
Write Your Own Story
If you like your own writing style you can capture your or a loved one’s story independently. My Mum has written her life story as a trilogy. It is such an epic capturing of one’s life it could just about have a page of it’s own to show you one way you can capture your own story (caveats and all).
Answer Some Questions, Write Your Own Story
Alternatively, if you are not sure where to start, or need a little inspiration, you can answer a series of questions provided in as little, or as much, detail as you like and wirte your personal story yourself. (In this package you may choose to have your story edited, designed and published by Just One Life).
If you don’t feel like you have the skill or capability to write your own story, help is at hand.
Answer Some Questions & Have Your Story Written For You
You can answer a series of questions provided in as little, or as much, detail as you like and have your answers creatively crafted into your personal story. In this package type written responses are required. You may choose to have your story designed and published in PDF or in hardcopy by Just One Life.
Be Interviewed & Have Your Story Written For You
Or you can be interviewed in person, over the phone or via Skype to have your story captured in as little, or as much, detail as you like.
After talking together, your story is then written and returned to you for approval. This might include correcting dates and names, revising contents, adding or removing elements as you choose. There are then a range of options available when it comes to receiving and publishing your story for posterity. You can have anything from the e-copy of your story in PDF or a full colour book that includes pictures to complement your story.
You may also choose to have your story designed and published by Just One Life.
The resulting life story is a creatively written story which captures your or your loved one’s values, what was important to you or your loved one, who was important to you or your loved one, your or your loved one’s essence, the things you or your loved one want remembered and recalled.
Jacqui Chaplin (that’s me!) is based in Melbourne and is available to visit you or a loved one in the Melbourne Metro area and surrounds to capture your or your loved one’s life story. It can be taken down in notes, voice recorded or you may choose to have it recorded digitally. It can be done one-to-one or while members of the family and close friends are present. Who attends (or not) is totally up to you.
To find out more about
Capturing a Life Story call Jacqui Chaplin on +61 (0)412 741 531
for an obligation free conversation.
When an Unwritten Life Story Turns into a Eulogy
And if you, for whatever reason (and there are plenty), you just don’t get around to it… you may well find yourself writing a eulogy.
“There is no greater agony than
bearing an untold story inside you.”