Have you asked a loved one about their stories; ones you can cherish?

COVID-19 has taken a toll on all of us. Health issues and isolation continue to be challenging. For the older generation social isolation can be even more difficult. As we approach the July 4th holiday here in the U.S., many of us will be isolated from our families. This may be a great opportunity to have the conversations that we may not always think to have.

According to developers of Stories To Cherish their research showed that the quality of a conversation is what matters most. So many times we just idly chatter away and never hear the important stories.

Ignite a meaningful conversation

What does this mean? First, have you asked your family and loved ones about their experiences growing up, or what they are proud of? Older individuals often have rich experiences that we may not be aware of or ever talked about. These experiences could include living through the depression, living through or actually being in a war, and even the experience of the emergence of new technologies ranging from the introduction of TV to the internet and social media. Wouldn’t it be interesting to learn more about those life experiences? You can and here’s how.

The team at Stories To Cherish have created a toolkit with set of tools that can be used to encourage someone to share a story from their life. An example is below.

An example from the Conversational Card Deck

These conversational card deck starters can be used when you are talking to a loved one on the phone, or during a Facetime or Zoom visit. If you are fortunate enough to be in person, you can ask them and even better record their answer. You could even provide a card or two and ask your loved one to write the answer and begin to build a memory book. Even iff someone you love is in a care facilities, the tools can be used by the staff to provide a connection back to the family. Again, they could be recorded. The toolkit and conversational card deck are easy to download at Stories To Cherish

These helpful tools will help you learn the rich stories you may have been missing – and they are FREE.

Before Father’s Day a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to interview Anna Parker with Stories to Cherish about how they developed their toolkit. You can find that interview on my Instagram post https://www.instagram.com/sandifeaster/

Share the Stories

Below is an overview of Stories to Cherish and how you or others could connect through stories. Please share your stories with the Stories To Cherish team. They would love to hear more stories and build connections.

Sharing the memories

Sandi Feaster

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