How Do You Create a Legacy? How Will You Capture Life Memories?

Have you ever thought of capturing a loved one’s legacy? How might you go about it? What would you want to capture? What would be most important to share with future generations? Pictures? Stories? Video?

Tony and Mary recently spoke with Lisa Dinga, and she told them about her experience creating a Living Legacy video of her father, Jerry, with Sue Rhomberg (of Living Legacies, who can be reached here).

The process of creating the video was fairly simple. Sue worked with Lisa to identify important topics and questions to explore, and gathered photographs that helped prompt memories and that were also woven into the finished video. Sue met with Lisa’s father to go over the questions, set up the interview locations, and to make sure that he was completely comfortable. The goal of the process was to have fun and to capture and share life stories and memories.

Sue walked the farm property with Lisa’s dad, and also shot footage in the barn where he worked (to this day) on old cars. The video and conversation truly captured Jerry’s personality, what was important to him, how he was in his life, along with memories and stories – both new and known to Lisa. Even though Lisa had heard many of the stories before, hearing them again and in a different context was healing for her.

Here are a few video snippets for you to enjoy:

 

 

 

Reflections:

Stories and storytelling were at the heart of the project. The act of remembering, reminiscing, and sharing these stories brought the memories, people, and experiences from the past fully into the present moment. We “re-member” (to make a member again); we learn more from each person who tells the story; we sometimes have the opportunity to ask questions; and the stories leave us all richer from their telling.

Though Sue is not a family member, she captured Jerry’s “voice.” Lisa said, “My dad was comfortable sharing with someone new, and there was a different nuance created by telling his stories to someone who had not heard them before.” The best part of the process for Lisa was witnessing her father re-live the important stories of his life, seeing the animation and joy while remembering and telling them. She saw him come alive while in the process, understanding that there is something very valuable in the telling of his stories. Jerry’s children and grandchildren now have a new perspective of him, and still time to ask him more of their own questions. How will you capture the stories about the important people in your life?

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