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    One of my greatest regrets is that I didn’t ask my father to record his life before he died. Unfortunately, aged 80, dementia began its slow, destructive assault on his mind and body and he deteriorated for almost seven years before he died. By then, it was too late to ask him to tell me about his life and I should have tried to get him to talk about it a long time before.

    So why didn’t I? Maybe it was the fear of pointing out his own mortality. Is it right to ask your parent to record their life whilst they are still fit and well? I should have overcome my scruples. My father died when my children were seven and five and certainly my younger one has no memories of him at all. My nephews were even younger. Yet he could have told them so much.

    Read the rest of the story here: http://bit.ly/11vP3Xt



    Hello, my name is Nick. I am a Champlain College student doing a research project on recording the lives of individuals for their future generations.

    Post a comment/question if you have ever thought about recording the lives of your loved ones.



    I know how it feels. This is why a year ago we created a free platform where people can record their life stories, and the stories of their parents and grandparents. It’s called MemoryStoria, http://www.memorystoria.com

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