We are a small and growing nationwide charity which trains, supports and mentors specialist volunteers to become Hospice Biographers who interview and record the precious life stories of patients on audio. Our service is offered free of charge.
We also provide broadcast quality audio recorders to each participating hospice, so that everyone’s voice is recorded with clarity and care.
“These life stories are mementos of love and of joyous moments preserved on memory stick in a cherished box, which when opened, banishes that awful lonely silence left behind by a loved one that is no longer here.”
“I felt honoured that the gentleman whose biography I was recording was willing and wanted to share his life story with me”
“It has been a positive experience for the patient so that feels good for me” as biographer
“The patient would have recorded all day - a genuinely wonderful experience though”
“Revisited the day when her granddaughter arrived and she became more animated. A beautiful conversation captured”
“Can’t begin to tell how thrilled and delighted I am to have this precious gift to hand to them. I had, as part of my preparation for end of life, written letters for them but nothing compares to the gift of hearing my voice. I found the process incredibly therapeutic and I know it will be the same for every last one of them.”
“The further you go into things the easier it gets”
“I found it an emotional experience and difficult to express feelings. It was however a good experience”
“I’m pleased people will know about my life story”
“It’s good that I have left the biography for my daughters so they can play it and listen to my voice after I have passed on”
“It made me reflect on my life and made me realise that I had done quite a lot in my 61 years. I experienced both happy and sad feelings”
“Very empowering, great to tell the story of a joyful event”
“It has left me feeling a lot happier than just leaving a letter”
“Definitely - it’s a good thing. How else can you explain to your children about what went on in your life”
“I felt happy at sharing my experience and feelings, in fact I felt elated”
“I felt I was saying things I have never been able to say before”
“It feels special to leave behind messages you have spoken personally”
“I felt very emotional but my spirit felt lifted whilst recording my audio-biography, I enjoyed it.”
Everyone at the Hospice is committed to giving our patients the highest possible standard of holistic care. Working with them to create audio biographies allows us to broaden and deepen the emotional, psychological and spiritual care we can give to our patients, their families and loved ones. We are very happy to have the opportunity to work in partnership with the Hospice Biographers charity to do this.
David Dickson - Chair of the Board of Trustees, St Leonards Hospice, York.