A fellow personal historian, Sarah Merrill, posted a message on the Association of Personal Historians list serve this week that reminds us, once again, of how important it is to document our life stories. We often don’t realize how important these stories will be for our families. Here is what Sarah wrote:
This morning, I had a phone call from the son of a gentleman who attended two of my memoir-writing workshops in 2013 and 2014. His father recently passed and in going through his father’s belongings, he and his siblings discovered a folder with my name on it. The folder was full of life writing that his father had done in my workshop.
His son said to me, “Thank you so much. We are so grateful for these writings. He wrote about stuff that we never knew. He expresses feelings that we were not aware of. We were in awe reading this stuff.”