We all have treasured family stories that have been told to generations of children, over and over again. But have you ever asked yourself how much you really, truly know about your loved ones? As life moves faster, and the people we care about get older, we need to stop for a moment and Have the Talk of a Lifetime.
Have the Talk of a Lifetime
It’s interesting and enlightening getting to know someone in a new and different way, and life’s stories take on new importance when someone passes away. When all that’s left are memories, these remembrances make memorials and the grieving process more manageable for the people left behind. Those funny stories that make you smile through your tears, the old newspaper clippings of sports awards and retirement ceremonies, and of course, old photographs – all provide great comfort during the healing process.
Questions to Ask
It may feel awkward at first to just start asking questions, but once you get started, you’ll find that these conversations are fun and illuminating. You may even discover some juicy tidbits about your family. So next time you’re on a walk, having dinner, or just hanging out, try out a few of these questions on someone you love:
- Tell me how your parents met.
- Where did you grow up? What was your childhood home like?
- What’s some advice your parents or grandparents gave you that you’ve never forgotten?
- Do you remember any of your older relatives? What were they like?
- Tell me about your summers growing up. What can you remember most?
- What was school like? Who was your favorite teacher? What were your favorite subjects?
- Did your family have holiday traditions? What were they?
- Who were some of your childhood friends? What did you like to do with them?
- How old were you when you started working? What was your first job?
- How did you meet your husband or wife?
- Tell me about the day you got married.
- Tell me about when your children were born.
- What was your favorite job you ever had? Why?
- Who have you looked up to over the years?
- What were you doing when you heard that President Kennedy was shot (or another historical event, such as 9/11)?
- What do you like to read? What do you like to watch on television?
- What are your favorite songs?
- When were you the happiest in your life?
- What achievement makes you most proud?
Connect With the Past
There are threads that run through families, and Have the Talk of a Lifetime is a way to connect to the past and create new memories to pass down. Contact us to learn more about Have the Talk of a Lifetime today.