How to Use the LifeBook

There is no wrong way to use the LifeBook.

Whatever way you choose is the right way for you and your family.

The Living Legacy LifeBook is paper and pencil ready, designed to be completed by the individual or other adult at their own convenience and at their own pace.

However, the benefit of LifeBook is best achieved “socially,” that is to say accomplished with a listener and or scribe, either face to face or over the phone.

The listener or scribe might be a:

  • Family or other community member
  • Case manager
  • Activities director
  • Concierge service provider
  • Clergy
  • Church youth group member
  • Home care aid
  • Senior moving specialist
  • Historian

The Living Legacy LifeBook includes a Memory Jogger (pink colored pages at the beginning of the My Life and Times Section) with lists of significant events for every decade since 1920.

To open up reams of remembrances all a listener need do is open the Memory Jogger to any decade since 1920 and ask, “Do you remember when gas was only ten cents per gallon? How much did your first automobile cost? How old were you when you first saw Gone with the Wind or The Wizard of Oz? ” Then listen and or record the stories.

Further suggestions for use:

Customizable cover: The Living Legacy Lifebook cover may be removed and easily replaced with a personal image or photo.

Photo mounting pages: The Living Legacy LifeBook includes ten photo mounting pages. The LifeBook is not intended to replace a family photo album. Photo mounting pages are intended to preserve vivid visual images and associated memories.

  • Family home exteriors,  interior rooms and walls
  • Surroundings (i.e. walkways, gardens, and streets)
  • Communities views (i.e. churches, main streets)
  • Employment locations and coworkers
  • Military service images
  • Any image that sparks personal recollection and memory

Document page protectors: are included to hold copies of any document that expresses the will and intent of the individual, documents that can be referred to when the individual is not present or unconscious. For example:

  • Living Wills
  • Durable Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Proxies
  • Birth and Marriage certificates
  • Diplomas and other certificates
  • Insurance policies
  • Pre-burial contracts

What if there are too many memories for one Living Legacy LifeBook binder?

The Living Legacy Lifebook is an endlessly customizable and expandable at need. Larger loose leaf binders may be used; sections that grow too large may be exported to a second or even third binder.