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Preserving Life Stories for Future Generations

Schedule your appointment for a personalized life story interview to create a custom book for yourself or a loved one today.

How it Works

We all have stories to share, lessons learned, and meaningful memories. Preserve them in a custom book for yourself or a loved one today.

Initial Consultation

Talk over the phone to discuss the interview process and the memories you are interested in preserving.

Personalized Interview

Meet virtually for a series of remote interviews to share your life stories and special memories.

Custom Book

Your memories and stories will compiled into a custom book for you to keep and share with loved ones.

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About Me

Laura has a background in nonprofit communications and has over 10 years of experience in interviewing, writing, and editing. She has produced interview series for the web and print magazines. In 2006, she traveled to Slovakia to collect oral histories from her extended family, which resulted in a self-published book: Reflections on Communism and Democracy in Slovakia, a compilation of twenty-four stories.

 

She believes everyone has a story to share and she would be honored to help you preserve your memories in a custom book.

How It Started

We all have stories to share, lessons learned, and meaningful memories. Each of us has walked a path that is unique, yet often these stories remain out of sight in everyday conversation with families and friends.

 

When my dad passed away after struggling for several years with dementia, I realized how lucky I was to have interviewed him about his life years earlier when I was writing a book about our family in Slovakia.

 

I had in his words, before he was changed by dementia, stories about his family, his upbringing in Eastern Europe, his journey to America, and memories of his life here. What a gift to return to — to remember that there was more to him than his last four years of life. It allowed me to see him as the outgoing, vibrant, caring friend and father that he was.

 

He didn't want to be remembered for his disease. That was not who he was. It as a small part of his life. I am so grateful for this gift of memories and life remembrances that are in his own words. And out of this, Your Life Story Remembered was born.

 

Whether for yourself or for a loved one, the opportunity to share your story is powerful. I would be honored to go on this journey with you so you can reflect, share, and preserve your life stories for future generations.

- Laura Smetana

Grandmother and Granddaughter
 
Preserve Your Life Story Today

Get in touch to learn more about creating your custom life story book. I look forward to working with you or a loved one to preserve special memories into a book for generations to come. 

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