The value and impact of our work extends beyond words, and all who participate benefit.
We understand that creating these biographies promotes community connectedness, reduces isolation and loneliness, and leads to better health outcomes and quality of life for some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Ultimately, this can help sustain identity, create a sense of community belonging, cultivate critical relationships and enhance personal meaning and purpose in life.
Our clients gain a permanent and lasting legacy of their life, experiences and expression of their values, and an opportunity to re-read and reflect on their life journey and achievements.
Their families often develop deeper insight into the life of their loved one and it’s a good way to talk to their relative about their life, what came before, what they learnt, and their hopes and fears for the future.
Our volunteer biographers have a unique opportunity to have fun whilst using and developing their skills in a meaningful way. They are privileged to hear interesting stories of the older persons in their community.
Communities benefit from a rich cultural history that may otherwise be lost, a better understanding of how our personal stories intersect and a valuable connection to our elders and our own rich histories.
Formal evaluations of the original biography service in palliative care has found the service to strengthen the quality of critical human relationships. This research has been presented at professional conferences.