Want to give your loved ones a gift that is priceless? A gift that costs you very little, except your time…  Start filling up your “Binder of a Lifetime!” (BoaL)**

Interested in attending an upcoming “Filling the BoaL” workshop? See more details below or click here for a 5-minute Youtube video introduction. Brochures with workshop details are available by clicking on the specific date(s) below

Sign up by emailing longmemories2@gmail.com with workshop date of interest, your name, phone number and email address OR by calling the number on the brochure and leaving the same information.

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Here’s what a few of our workshop participants have to say…

“Thanks to your format, we have been able to do what we had not been able to before.” Jerry (Bowling Green, Ohio)

“This is a treasure.” Bonnie (Cincinnati, Ohio region)

“Best $10 I have EVER spent. It was informative and entertaining, too. Most workshops I have been a part of are ‘torture’ – even if I am interested. This is definitely ‘your calling.’ ” Sharon (Cincinnati, Ohio region)

HERE is a 5 minute YouTube with some description and conversation about the Binder of a Lifetime tab on Pictures

** What is a Binder of a Lifetime, you ask? **

It’s a systematic, phased approach to BoaL photo for webpageassembling important thoughts and information all in one place, providing

  1. peace of mind for you;
  2. opportunities for meaningful conversations with friends and family NOW;
  3. comfort to friends & family members now and in the future;

Why do this now? “Can it every be too early to make the lives of our loved ones easier?” “We never really know when we won’t have time or energy for such projects.”

Binder of a Lifetime “tabs” (chapters) are customizable to you and may include:  

  • About Me (background questions/answers, autobiography, biography – it’s up to you!;)
  • Key Items (contact info., financial overview, legal papers)
  • Wills/PoA (Will, Living Will, Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care; DNR)
  • Reflections (Wheel of Life, Conversation of a Lifetime, Bucket List;)
  • Pictures (selecting your 100-200 favorites;)
  • Things (where they came from, to whom they should go; computer accounts/passwords, key files;)
  • Spiritual (Statement of Faith, Favorite Songs, Scripture; Readings;)
  • The End (memorial service details, obituary; burial/cremation;)
  • and many more possible “tabs,” all customizable to you

The good news? Much of BoaL also completes what many valued advisors (attorneys / insurance agents / religious leaders) recommend in Personal Record Book materials. Your “Binder of a Lifetime” puts all of those materials in one place for you and your loved ones, plus provides a starter for so much more – pictures, stories, planning, etc.

Does this sound interesting and yet almost unattainable? If so, consider attending a 4 hour workshop to receive information and perspective from others. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have made a nice beginning on your Binder of a Lifetime!  Email us – longmemories2@gmail.com – for a brochure and/or upcoming workshop dates.

Here’s an article referencing Binder of a Lifetime by Long Memories founder Steve Long

Support for efforts like Binder of a Lifetime:

“Technological society has forgotten what scholars call the “dying role” and its importance to people as life approaches its end. People want to share memories, pass on wisdoms and keepsakes, settle relationships, establish their legacies, make peace with God, and ensure that those who are left behind will be okay. They want to end their stories on their own terms. This role is, observers argue, among life’s most important, for both the dying and those left behind. And if it is, the way we deny people this role, out of obtuseness and neglect, is cause for everlasting shame. Over and over, we in medicine inflict deep gouges at the end of people’s lives and then stand oblivious to the harm done.” – Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, page 249

“Given Dr. Gawande’s comments above**, why do we wait to share memories and pass on wisdom and keepsakes until so close to the end of life (if at all?) Many of us no longer have the energy to focus on such tasks when nearing the end. Wouldn’t it be better to have these efforts started, so we can spend more of the time sharing it with others?” – Steve Long, memory missionary, supporting the idea of Binder of a Lifetime

Paramedic One-Pager is one of our newest efforts – click HERE for documents and background

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