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Crafting your message can take some thought. You may know what you want to say, but may not know whether a letter, an audio clip or a video is the best way to say it.

Conversely, you may know that you want to make a video of an interview with your grandmother, but may be unsure of the best way to create or organize it. In either case, or any others you can think of - you've come to the right place!

Here are a few questions to review that will help you create the an impactful message:

Who's your recipient and how do they prefer to communicate?

  • Elderly relatives may prefer text or audio, as both of these versions allow the recipient to make adjustments for comprehension. The text size of the letter and the volume of the audio can be adjusted for easier reading or listening. Video tends to be more difficult to adjust for people who have vision or hearing challenges, so special attention must be given to the interview set up process.

  • If you communicate with the recipient primarily through phone calls or video chat, an audio or video message could be more appropriate.

What type of message will have the most impact?

  • Text messages or correspondence are simple and straightforward. If you think the recipient may want to print this message out, and refer to it for years to come, a printed letter/email is the best option. Plus, you can upload photos to accompany your message, which may be easier than creating a video.

  • Remember too that the sound of your voice may be impactful to your recipient, and an audio message can trigger emotion and feeling, and be a source of comfort long after your voice can no longer be heard. Audio messages can also be a better medium to capture stories for those who may be ill and hesitant to be video recorded.

  • For a complete experience, video is most impactful. Whether the plan is for an informal or formal video interview, creating a video can be daunting for some people (particularly if they are the ones being recorded). To walk through the process of creating a great video message, please visit our Video page.

When will the message be delivered?

  • If time is of the essence and the message doesn't involve any additional participants, a text or audio message may be easiest to create and upload. Video messages, particularly ones that involve additional participants, may take more time to plan and coordinate.

Once you have determined the type of message you want to create, you are ready to begin!

We all have planned events throughout the year - those moments we look forward to and that seem to be over all too quickly. Capturing the energy of those moments and recreating them as special messages sent into the future to arrive at a special date can amplify their value. GabrielsVault flexible design allows you to decide the best way and time to share your messages. Below are just some examples:

DATE DRIVEN

A Special birthday - Make the day truly special, by conveying to your son or daughter or someone else important, how you see them (highlight their strengths, how you value their humor, their spirit or friendship)

Holidays - As the Holidays arrive, take the time to remind your extended family of the story behind a special tradition, a family recipe and create a discussion. Or during your annual holiday get-together, capture a fun family moment to send with your reminder for next year's family reunion.

Anniversary - While we're sure you'll remember on your own (maybe), surprising your spouse with a recorded message of your fondest memory together will make it a special day.

EVENT DRIVEN

Graduations, Retirements, First day of school - All of these special moments can be a great time to celebrate important life transitions.

LEGACY DRIVEN

Capture your life, or help someone understand what's important today, and send it into the future. This is a great opportunity to reflect on lessons learned and see how perspectives may evolve over time.