A Guide to Celebrate Life by Telling Your Story

Feel like taking a walk down memory lane? Try looking back on turning points, cherished memories, conflicts, achievements, difficulties, successes, relationships, life changing events and anything else that shaped your life. This is an opportunity to reminisce, finish unfinished business and share yourself with those people whom are most important to you.

What was the world like when you were growing up? ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

What are some of the significant historical events that you remember? ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

What are your fondest memories of childhood? ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

What do you remember about being a teenager? ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

What was your family like?

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What is your fondest memory of your family? ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

Who were your closest friends when you were younger? ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

What was your first work experience like? ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

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What were some of the “defining moments” of your life? ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

Of what are you most proud?

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Do you have a faith tradition? If yes, how has this shaped your life? ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

What is most important to you today?

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What was the happiest part or time of your life? ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

Looking back on a special relationship…
What are your fondest memories of your time together? ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

What are your saddest memories of your time together? ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________
What are some of the “defining moments” of your time together? ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

How has being with them changed your life? ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

What have they taught you?

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What do you treasure the most about your time together now? ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

Consider sharing your thoughts and reflections with someone close to you or writing down your story. If you would like to capture those memories in a more formal way, a hospice volunteer would be honored to help. For more information, ask any member of your care team.

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