Sample Life Story for John Armstrong

We’ve made this sample Life Story booklet for John Armstrong, to give you an idea of what you can do. Turn the pages of the book by placing the hand on the page edge and, using your cursor, drag the page to the left.

  • If you do not have the Flash plugin installed to view the interactive booklet above, you can download this file (PDF, 1.6Mb) ›
  • To make your own version, use the templates included below.

About life stories

Everybody’s life is unique and individual, and filled with unique and individual stories. These stories are not only a wonderful treasure-trove of memories, but they also tell other people more about them. Putting together a ‘life story book’ about the person you care for while their memory still allows, means that these stories from their past won’t be forgotten. It also means that everyone who may be involved in looking after them in the future will know more about them and can provide the care and support that they would like.

It also gives people back a sense of who they are, and helps remind people of present day events and people around them. If a place is really important to someone, why not arrange a visit to see it. Or maybe they are talking about someone they haven’t seen for a long time and its possible to arrange for them to visit, then why not ask?

The story can be written (see make a Life Story section below) or digitally recorded. You can store these on secure internet sites, or on a DVD. Some people at home find it easier to have information on a pin board or in a picture frame, and you may also find flash cards with smaller bites of information or pictures on one topic useful as distraction and conversation points. It can also include photographs and mementoes, such as postcards and tickets. Try and get as many people involved in the project as possible, both family and friends. That way it will be a lot of fun, and all sorts of events and incidents from the past will be uncovered which the person might otherwise have forgotten.

Please be prepared though, for sometimes memories can be revealed which are distressing to the person telling the story and to you who is listening - and you may learn things that you would prefer not to have known. 

Make a life story

The story can be written – we’ve included some templates to help you get started, these are in A4 size, A5 or A6 so you can choose whichever format works best. The smaller ones are easier to put into photograph albums and for people to carry around with them, whilst the larger A4 size is easier for home use. Using loose leaf photograph albums keeps items together, and makes it easy to change pictures or text.

or digitally recorded – using a video recorder or editing home video’s. It’s easy now to transfer video to DVD’s and get them edited – again, another task that a teenager could help with. 

If you want to share copies of life stories with us, we would be happy (suitably amended to ensure privacy) to show them on our website, so other people can get inspiration. At the top of the page is a sample Life Story for John Armstrong that we’ve put together – this is very similar to one successfully used by one of our clients for many years.