Personal historians often have to talk with potential clients about the value of saving a loved one’s story. To most of us who work in this profession, the answer is obvious. A life story saved in a way that it can be passed on to future generations is the best gift anyone can leave for their children, grandchildren, and generations to come. It’s the most personal gift, the gift with the most meaning, the gift that only the story teller can give.
Recent happiness research says that children who know their family narrative exhibit more resilience and a stronger sense of love and belonging. Children unaware of their predecessors tend to be more challenged in these areas. It has been proved that our children benefit from knowing not only our triumphs, but also our struggles and how we persevered. This knowledge has deepened my commitment to reaching more people and making the process of capturing, saving and sharing one’s personal stories fun, engaging and something that is enriching to all.
Stories can be saved in print, audio, or video, but what I love about working in video is witnessing the essence of a person, seeing that sparkle in the eye, hearing the inflection of his voice, watching that moment when she recalls a joyful or poignant memory and the tears begin to well. Seeing that, capturing it on film . . . it’s irreplaceable.
Once those precious life moments are saved for all time and the family receives it—really understands the importance of what we have achieved . . . that’s priceless.
My client Michael Rosa deeply understood the value of the work a personal historian does and wants everyone to know why saving his mom’s story was important to him.
What would this mean to your loved ones to have their lives, their stories, their beliefs and blessings honored in this way? Don’t wait another day. You know how valuable YOUR loved one’s story is . . . don’t you?
~APH: We’re the Life Story People~
About today’s contributor: April Bell is a Professional Personal Historian and owner of Tree of Life Legacies. She has been operating her Personal History Film business in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the United States since 2008. In serving her clients, April utilizes her training in psychology and her innate skills as an active listener to connect with others and draw out their stories and authentic, heartfelt values. April, with her business partner, Urs Brauchli, recently released the video storytelling app, StoryCatcher for iPhone.