At this time in your life you might be looking back over the years, perhaps reflecting on your life’s journey. Telling your story or writing a letter can be rewarding. Hospice Wairarapa has skilled volunteer biographers who can help you with this.
Your story can start at any stage of your life. It can have as much or as little as you would like to tell e.g. family histories; childhood memories; education; career; marriage; children; overseas trips; interests/hobbies; sporting achievements OR any part of your life. Your biography could include a small selection of photos, certificates, cuttings, old programmes from a concert or event, or even a favourite recipe!
You may wish to write a poem, leave a message, an explanation or a bit of advice. Or you may wish to write a letter for family or friends expressing love and appreciation, memories, forgiveness or encouragement. You may want to record some special memories. Perhaps there was something you always wanted to do – like perform on stage, maybe you did perform on the stage – and wished you hadn’t. It doesn’t matter what you want to say, or why, or to whom. Whatever you want to say is up to you. Many Hospice patients have enjoyed the chance to tell their stories. What happens to your story after it is written, is up to you. A trained hospice Biography Volunteer will meet with you over a period of 4-6 weeks to record and transcribe your story, leaving you with three copies of your very own life story.
Hospice services are available free of charge to all of those that have a terminal illness in the Wairarapa. If you are interested in this service please contact our Patient and Family Coordinator or call 06 378 8888 to discuss further.