Our Stories

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Easter in Buffalo is very cold.  My sister and I hold hands to keep warm.

Easter in Buffalo is very cold. My sister and I hold hands to keep warm.

Our Stories…

Telling our stories may be the most fundamentally human act. It helps us create meaning from the disparate experiences, impressions, and memories that live in our hearts and minds. Our stories enable us to embrace the whole of our lives: reflecting backwards, imagining forwards, while being fully alive to the present moment.

What has moved you deeply in your life? What paths have you chosen, and why? What has brought you deepest joy? What stories are known only to you?

 

… Are a Gift to Be Shared

This is a picture of my maternal great grandmother. I wish I could hear her voice and I wish I could hear her stories.

This is a picture of my maternal great grandmother. I wish I could hear her voice and I wish I could hear her stories.

Sharing our stories with others is how we create connections and nourish relationships. You give a great gift when you share your personal wisdom and insight, the beliefs and dreams that have guided and motivated you and formed the foundation of your life. Your stories will be treasured by those you love – family, friends, and the generations to come. Imagine the intimate, powerful connection they will feel when they hear your voice narrating the stories of your soul.

Barbara Whittingham of Soul Voices will expertly guide you to select, shape, and share the stories that have made your life unique. We will journey with you as you remember the most meaningful times, people, and events in your life, and preserve them for you to enjoy and for others to treasure.

Have you told your story yet?

  • You’ve been working on a memoir, perhaps in an autobiography writing class, but are short on time or bogged down in the details, not sure how to pull out what’s most important.
  • You long to share your legacy with those who are important to you, but you’re just not a writer.
  • Your adult children are always asking you to “please, write those stories down” and you are pleased, but just haven’t gotten around to it. You wonder if you will ever have time and it seems just too hard to organize anyhow.
  • Your elderly father has stories to tell, but won’t tell you. You wonder if he could more easily tell them to a trained listener, and store them in his safe deposit box till he is ready to share with his loved ones.
  • There’s so much more you’d like to know about your own parents’ or grandparents’ lives, but day to day life seems too busy to imagine what a personal history project could look like.  And you just don’t have time to help them.
  • You wish to leave an Ethical Will. In this ancient practice, you record the spiritual values that have guided your life, and the spiritual legacy you wish to leave to specific family members and friends.