Friday, March 21, 2014

Importance of Life Stories

When my grandmother died a couple of years ago, my family and I spent a couple of days going through her things to either get rid of them or keep them ourselves. As we went through her house, I found a couple of photo albums. There was a picture of her at seventeen with my grandfather right before he went off to World War Two, and there were several of her and him as teenagers sitting in a car. She was so young and beautiful, and I found myself thinking. What was she like as a teenager? How did she feel when my grandfather went off to war? Where exactly were they going in that car?

I found myself filled with regret that  it was now too late to ask these questions. My grandma was eighty-five when she passed; most of the people who had known her then were now gone as well. The whole experience made me realize how important it is to ask about life stories from the people you love before it's too late. Now, I will never know the answers to those questions, but other people don't have to make that same mistake. Lifebio is dedicated to helping people collect life stories and memories so they will still be remembered and known for generations to come. Wouldn't you want someone to do the same for you?

Marie Coon, Lifebio 

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