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Have you ever considered how much your family has experienced during your lifetime together? From the birth of your children to the first and last days of school to weddings and all the vacations, ballgames and performances in between, you probably have many stories to share with friends and families. Along the way, I’m pretty certain you have probably taken hundreds if not thousands of photos and videos of your family and friends to help document your journey.
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Have you ever considered how much your family has experienced during your lifetime together? From the birth of your children to the first and last days of school to weddings and all the vacations, ballgames and performances in between, you probably have many stories to share with friends and families.
Along the way, I’m pretty certain you have probably taken hundreds if not thousands of photos and videos of your family and friends to help document your journey. While some people dedicate more time to journaling than others, it is never too late to sit down and document your life in words.
Through a program sponsored by funeral homes across the nation, including Milward Funeral Directors in Lexington, individuals can document the important milestones of life on free software called BeRemembered. BeRemembered allows people to upload photos and videos, complete a bio, add experiences and favorite things, write words of wisdom and add personal letters to your loved ones. The program even includes a place to add a bucket list of things you’d like to do before you die. Finally, it allows individuals to outline how he or she visualizes his or her Life Celebration, funeral or memorial service.
Unlike a scrapbook that can be held, BeRemembered is a digital solution for recording memories and life plans. In today’s world, families often live several states apart and do not have the opportunity to hold a scrapbook except when visiting over holidays or during family reunions.
Individuals who record their life history on BeRemembered can give permission to people to visit a private site to view photos and videos and read about their life. The software also asks you to appoint a guardian to your site. If or when something happens to you, your guardian will have access to unlock your BeRemembered pages to share with people through various social media outlets. You may want your guardian to be your spouse, son or daughter, another close relative, special friend or even a funeral director.
Choosing to use BeRemembered is a lovely gift to give your family who want to cherish and share family memories for generations. Completing your bio and sharing your experiences on BeRemembered is simple and could even open up an opportunity to sit down with your tech-
Time is precious and so are your memories. Take time today to share your stories.
The BeRemembered software is accessible on Milward Funeral Directors’ Web page at www.milwardfuneral.com. Your personal BeRemembered page can only be viewed by the individual who sets up the page and guardians who are given permission to access the site.
Organizations in the community that are interested in helping their members get started on documenting their memories are welcome to reach out to me to book a demonstration of the software.
Angie Walters has been a funeral director for five years. She recently joined Milward Funeral Directors, the 37th oldest continuously operated family business in the United States. Milward has three locations in Lexington, including its Celebration of Life Center at 1509 Trent Boulevard. Angie can be reached at Milward Funeral Directors-