Interviewing For A Life Journal:
You can ask your patient to tell you stories about their life to get the conversation started. Then start to work through different areas of their life – their family and heritage, school days, courtship of a spouse and raising a family are all good starting points.
Once you have covered the basics, schedule a follow-up visit to fill in details. At this second visit, you should have a good idea of what the outline of your client’s Life Journal is going to look like. This is a good time to confirm details and look through old photos together to go along with the stories you are including in the journal.
Compiling The Life Journal:
Having gathered all your notes and photos together, you have a few options for how you would like to present them. A scrapbook is a wonderful legacy, most craft stores have many options for books and added embellishments and decorations. You or a family member can print out the stories you wish to include or they can be written out by hand.
Layout each page of the scrapbook on blank pieces of paper before you begin fixing anything in on the final book. This will give you the opportunity to make adjustments to the layout and the order of pages. Once you and your client are sure you know how you want the book to be laid out, begin gluing down the key elements like stories and photos, the add things like quotes and stickers.