Celebrate With Have the Talk of a LifetimeHave the Talk of a Lifetime brings families together to talk about important memories and a loved one’s life story. These details can be important later, when it’s time to memorialize that person. What better way to honor our loved one than sharing their life events and experiences that were the most meaningful to them? These memories will also provide deep comfort in times of grief and healing. Thanksgiving provides an ideal setting for asking questions and sharing information in a way that’s natural, surrounded by family of all ages.
How Do I Initiate the Talk of a Lifetime?People tend to open up more easily about their lives if something sparks a memory, so it might be a good idea to have each member of the family bring a few old photos or mementos to Thanksgiving dinner. These things could be passed around the table, used in a guessing game, or maybe hung on a bulletin board for everyone to see. One person can take notes, so important names and dates can be documented. Even better, make audio or video recordings of stories and conversations. You can also hold a question and answer session, asking everyone, or perhaps the eldest people there, things like:
- What achievement in your life are you most proud of?
- Tell me about what summers were like for you growing up?
- If you could go anywhere you wanted tomorrow, where would it be?
- What advice from your parents or grandparents was important to you?
- You could even have each person at the table write a question!