Memories Are Shared Like This

I have to brag a little. Over this past weekend (October 23,24, 2010), Suzanne and I were able to deliver two very large Legacy Projects to two very happy clients. The first Project we delivered had been a 4 month long Project, from first interview to delivery of the 175-page book. Our client was terminally ill but he was able to complete the interviews before he passed away. Those interviews ultimately turned into a book that is going to be donated to both the Westport Public Library and the Weston Public Library. His wife came to our home/studio to pick up the books (25 copies) and she cried. You see, it had been her vision, her idea from the beginning to have her husband tell his story while he still had time to do so. The book surpassed her wildest imagination. Suzanne and I worked together to give her the book she had so hoped to have. She loved her husband very much. This book is the greatest gift she could ever receive. His story will live on through many generations in his family and will be told by his friends to their friends and their friends. We came to love them both. This is what the Legacy Project USA is all about – helping people to preserve the stories that need to be told. There is a sense of deep connection when someone can tell their story in their own words.

The second Legacy Project we delivered was to a family in Stamford who had chosen to honor their oldest living relative, a gorgeous 96-year old man who had survived the Holcaust. The Project had taken several months to complete. We had started with the interviews in April. The archiving of the old family photos and the photographing of heirloom family portraits took a bit of time. And then, there was the matter of a birthday party for our client in August. So there was a 4 month wait time right there. But once we completed photographing the family at the 96th birthday party and interviewing all the guests, we started assembling the whole project. It was a labor of love to say the least. When we delivered the product to the family just this past Saturday, again there were tears. We know why. We know why people do this. We know why we love doing what we do. We know why we want to do it for you.

Legacy Project USA – at Contacts and Compacts on June 30

The Legacy Project USA (that would be Suzanne and Rozanne) is the featured speaker at the June 30 gathering of Cathy Moore’s monthly connecting party, “Contacts and Compacts”, Located at Anthony’s by the Lake in Danbury, Contacts and Compacts always features fascinating women doing fun and fascinating things – like us. Bring your lady friends for dinner, socializing, networking, and entertainment. I guess you can bring the guys, too.

Have no doubt – you have a unique story to tell. How do we know that? Because you are the only person alive who can tell your story the way it should be told. If you leave it to someone else to tell your story, it won’t get done.

Now is the time to consider booking us for your Legacy Project. Here is a recent testimonial:

“When my ninety-three year old father was interviewed for the Legacy Project, I was deeply touched by the experience. My father is a very private man and I was not sure that he would even agree to participate. Therefore, I left that part up to Rozanne! He responded to her open, loving and enthusiastic nature, and I was thrilled to see him willingly and joyfully join her for the interview. He opened up like a flower in full bloom, cried, shared many of his joys and sorrows, and words of wisdom that I will cherish forever. I learned things about my father that I never knew before. Rozanne and Suzanne have a very special way with people and are so very generous to share their gifts with others.”

Valuing Your Family

The Legacy Project USA is very aware of how much our families mean to us. It became very personal when Suzanne Sheridan’s father passed away on the morning of Tuesday February 16. Her 4 sisters and 1 brother came together in love and memory of a truly unique and memorable father, Jack Fazio. The family had the opportunity to create photo boards for the day of the funeral. They were mostly photos of Jack with his children and grandchildren. I kept thinking what a gift it is at a time like this to have those memories in photos. And the day after the funeral, the children gathered at their father’s home and found even more photo books. The laughter was so good to hear: the laughter of looking back at silly moments, silly memories, wonderful memories, stories being told, and lots of good fun joking about the times they had together. And fortunately, Jack’s stories had been recorded.