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Often, we know exactly what we would like to tell someone - the impact they have had on your life, how much you appreciate all they have done, how sorry you are for hurting them - but we never know the right time to say it. While these messages will have an impact on the recipient regardless of when they are received, sending them as part of your legacy can often help the recipient through the grieving process.

If you need a helpful nudge to start creating messages to capture a full life, review the links below for ideas and suggestions to get going.

Writing your memoir

How to Write a Memoir: Your Story in Six Steps
These quick tips will help you begin the writing process.

Your Memoir Journey - The Craft of writing a Memoir
Unsure of what a memoir is? This blog post provides guidlines and tips for the beginning memoirist.

59 Memoir Ideas
If you're not sure what topic to tackle in your memoir, this web page provides ideas and links to writing prompts to help you get started.

30 Great Short Memoir Examples
A list of some examples of memoirs to provide insight and direction as you get started.

How to Write a Memoir: 6 Creative Ways to Tell Your Story
An overview of specific aspects of writing that will help your memoir be more impactful.

Capturing a Legacy

Family History Research: Steps to a Successful Interview
An overview of how to conduct an interview with a family member.

Genealogy: 150 Questions to Ask Family Members about their Lives
An extensive list to help you select the type of questions you would like to ask during a family interview.

Genealogy Interview Questions
Additional questions and interview tips to review as you prepare for a family interview.

Family History Sample Outline and Questions
Questions outlined by stage of life.

Having the Talk of a Lifetime
A Resource Guide from the Funeral and Memorial Information Council