y Aunt was moved in to a Residential Home in February 2013.
A few months later, I was asked to complete a booklet, detailing such things such as:
Now luckily, Mum and Aunt were fairly "close knit" most of their lives, so I already knew quite a lot about my Aunt. But there were still questions I couldn't answer, such as where where she went to school, where she met her husband and so on.
It got me thinking
Perhaps there are other people who know even less about their relative's past, and who would find it extremely hard to recount incidents. Who know's that relative's past better than ... THE PERSON THEMSELVES
Obviously, it's too late to start filling in a life history once the person is in the throes of dementia ... so why not let the relative write a journal whilst their brain function is still intact?
And so it was that "Lifebook" came into being
Within its 67 pages are a number of 'sections'. The left hand page gives the user a series of 'prompts' as to what should be entered in that section, and then the user completes the blank pages on the right, (and on the next page if required)
For example, the very first section is called
"Your Birth", and prompts the user to write about ...
As you can see, it gets the person to think about their past, and write things down for posterity.
In essense, it builds into an autobiography of that person.
Should the day arise when the person develops dementia, relatives or care workers can consult the book, and then prompt a conversation with things such as:
And then, The Day will arrive.
The person's personal choice of music or send off might have been recorded in the book.
At the wake, distant relatives will be able to look through the book, and discover things about their relative;
Here is a preview of the book