Have the Talk of a Lifetime

The Funeral and Memorial Information Council (FAMIC) created Have the Talk of a Lifetime to help families have important conversations about the things that matter most to them and how a person’s life story can be remembered and honoured in a meaningful way. Memorialization is so much more than it used to be. Today it can reflect a person’s life story, values, interests and experiences. Meaningful memorialization can be transformative, healing and comforting. Have the Talk of a Lifetime offers families practical advice and tools to help them have conversations about the things that matter most and how they hope to be remembered when they die and for generations to come.

Why Have the Talk of a Lifetime?

Have the Talk of a Lifetime is designed to help families talk about what matters most in their lives and how loved ones have made a difference. These discussions can give families important insights they can use to remember and honour the lives of their loved ones.

Why is having the Talk important?

Deep down, most of us want to know that we, in some way, made a difference in this world. Having the Talk of a Lifetime can make the difference of a lifetime. It can help reacquaint us with our loved ones and help us get to know them in a new and different way. Sitting down with your loved ones to talk about their lives can be rich and satisfying. Learning about memorable events and people, places and favourite activities, values and lessons they have learned can help bring us closer to those we care about most. The talk helps us reaffirm to our loved ones how much they have impacted our life.

Who should Have the Talk?

You can have the talk of a lifetime with anyone you hold dear – your parents, children, grandparents, aunts and uncles, a spouse or a friend. It can happen anywhere you and your loved one are most comfortable – over a meal, at home, on a walk, at a family gathering or while playing a game. Your conversation can take place at any time, not just at the end of life.

My Family Story

Every family's story is unique and valuable. Who were your grandparents? Will your children and grandchildren know about them? Foster close relationships with your loved ones by sharing photos and the origins of your family traditions. Led by experienced genealogy educator and writing coach Lynn Palermo, learn how to Capture family history and life stories in your pyjamas from the comfort of your armchair. My Family Story is a free, multi-week program where webinars will be delivered to your inbox in the form of easy-to-follow videos that you can start, pause or stop at anytime. Gardens of Gethsemani and The Armchair Genealogist have partnered together to offer these free webinars accompanied by the right tools to create your own Family History and Legacy Journal themed around motherhood, fatherhood, marriage and family.

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