On a warm sunny spring day, the doctor told my Mom, “You’re COPD is progressively getting worse. It’s end stage.”
That is Doctor speak for it's the beginning of the end.
We had heard this before but we both knew, this time was different.
My mother, Morganna, was a young at heart and mind 75 year young woman.
She had raised children since the age of 15 and it was finally her time to live her life.
Heck, for her 70th birthday she got a tattoo!
But there was a problem with her life of freedom, she had a chronic lung disease called COPD, which meant she was connected to an oxygen tank 24 hours a day.
And many of the activities she loved to do, her lungs just wouldn’t allow it.
We knew it was time to prepare but how could we celebrate her life, instead of planning for her death?
I realized, after my “young and dumb” phase, my Mom was a wise woman and I still had many things to learn and discover about her.
She had lived long enough to see her grandkids arrive and watch them grow for a few short years but her biggest fear was that her grandkids wouldn’t remember her.
It broke her heart to even consider it.
My Mom loved to write letters, cards and eventually emails.
We decided that she could write a story about her life.
She not only captured stories about her life but she also told about hard lessons she learned, failures and triumphs.
Since most of us don’t have the time to write a book, here are a few steps that you can take to begin capturing your family’s legacies today for yourself, your parents or even grandparents.
Don't make this harder than it has to be.
Start with one person and one question.
You can make up your own or use the ones we have here.
If you would like a step by step guide on how to do this on your own, please provide your name and email below and you will be on your way to giving your loved ones a priceless gift.
Creating your legacy is something that will be special for everyone, especially for the generations yet to come!
If you have questions, you can email Bethanie at Bethanie@JoinMemento.com.
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