Paying tribute: 5 ways to memorialise your loved ones

You may remember the recent story about the AI gadget that lets you ‘talk’ to loved ones beyond the grave to help friends and family cope with grief. The technology, called re;memory, uses machine learning to process images, audio recordings and video footage to create a virtual version that can interact with living family.

This may seem like something out of a dystopian sci-fi movie, but honouring your loved ones is one of the main reasons that people utilise our service.

In this light, we have also compiled some sentimental ways to honour your loved ones.

Help them document their life story

Creating a biography for your loved one is a great way to capture their life and remember them in their own words – rather than an AI-generated version.

At My Story Told, our aim is to provide a lasting document that can serve as a token of your or your family member’s legacy for generations to come. It is a way to tell life stories in the form of the written word, backed up by meaningful images and documents helping paint the picture of each chapter.

Frame something they’ve written, like a poem or a recipe

There is nothing quite like seeing something written by a loved one. The personal nature of a handwritten note, card or letter is something to cherish.

Consider framing a letter or other handwritten item to remember a special someone.

Support a cause close to their heart, and yours

Living the values that were important to a family member is another way to keep their legacy alive, whether this is a donation, volunteering or simply helping raise awareness of the cause.

In memory of a loved one, plant a tree

Planting a tree in memory of someone is becoming an increasingly popular way to remember the loved ones we’ve lost. Not only will the new plant help to conserve energy and protect the environment, but planting new life has shown to have fantastic mental health benefits as well.

Trees are a beautiful, long-lasting representation of a life once lived and can be planted in a place close to home or somewhere more sentimental, where it can be visited by friends and family, and serve as a reminder of growth and a celebration of a cherished life for years to come.

Participate in a memory walk with a cause

Consider participating in an annual walk in memory of a loved one, visiting their favourite places or perhaps ending the walk in a place they were fond of. A memorial walk will also provide great health benefits and a chance to get other family members involved too.

We hope these ideas offer some inspiration on how to honour a loved one’s memory. If you have any questions about our process or what writing your personal biography might involve, please get in touch.

We are now a few weeks into the New Year, and with the weather being dull and gloomy, and the nights dark and cold, why not start a new project? Your life story.

Start to detail and document your life through photos and artifacts. Look in your attic, in the back of cupboards, and start to detail possessions, pictures, and things of value – dig out old photo albums and take a trip down memory lane. Write down where you got them and what stories underpin them – what do they mean to you? Try to recall how you felt at these particular times in your life; particular smells, colours, sounds, textures and tastes. Visualise each moment in your head.

A picture cannot reveal your hopes and dreams as a child; what you truly felt the day you got married; the emotions you experienced when your children were born. It is the feelings behind the pictures that brings your story to life, and makes it yours.

The next step

Once you have gathered the important items, pictures and keepsakes from your life and documented their individual stories, you are well on your way to penning your life story.

That is where we come in. Our ghostwriting service helps put your truth, your experiences, and your reflections onto the printed page. There are many reasons that people choose to share their life story. Whether you are writing an autobiography or memoir, perhaps you’ve lived the kind of life that’s inspired people, or maybe you’d love for your family and future generations to be able to read about your life in your own words.

Involving yourself in the self-reflection process means that your autobiography is candid and honest, and something you can feel is a true testament to yourself. When writing your story, a thorough reflection process will not only describe what happened but also answer the how and the why, and that is what we care about most. How did your experiences impact you? Why was this moment important?

Ancestry is also a huge part of what we do, as learning about your lineage and family history goes hand in hand with writing your personal story. Part of the preparation to telling your life story involves documenting your family tree, and one way to aid this is to create a family tree diagram, or pedigree chart as it is sometimes known. For more on creating an ancestry chart, click here.

Document your life story with us

At My Story Told, our aim is to tell your story, your way. Contact us today to start your storytelling journey, or for more on how our process works, click here.