Friday, March 11, 2016

the best kind of retail therapy

I have a friend who is a therapist who uses memory-keeping in her practice.  Did you know "scrapbooking" (memory-keeping) is therapeutic?  Did you know that the act of looking at photos and combining them with their stories (our memories) actually has a healing effect?  Memory-keeping is so much more than doing something with your photos, doing something cute, or wanting to pass something on to the next generation and the next.  It's actually GOOD FOR YOU.  It's therapeutic. 
 Reflecting on your own life is cathartic and can bring many great memories to the forefront.  (That's one benefit I find in memory-keeping--we tend to just take pictures of the good stuff, so that's what we tend to remember.)

But equally cathartic and therapeutic is honoring those who have passed on.  One shared experience all of us have as human beings is loss.  We have all lost someone dear (or will).  Preserving that life story is priceless.  It can help connect generations, but it can also be a healing experience as you put the tribute book together.

I haven't experienced the heartbreak of losing a child, but I know people who have, and I know how a storybook has helped to keep those precious little ones close.  I know it can be meaningful for both parents and siblings to have a keepsake of the sweet angel relationship, no matter how brief.
FYI:  Heritage Makers has teamed up with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, an organization helping families facing early infant loss, by donating an 8x8 storybook.  If you know anyone with this need, more information can be found here:  http://www.heritagemakers.com/storybookcharity/NowILayMeDownToSleep.cfm  I am a Heritage Makers NILMDTS volunteer, so I can make books for these families.
 
So storybooks from Heritage Makers (photos + plenty of room to record the stories/memories) really are the best kind of retail therapy because memory-keeping is literally therapeutic.  If you know anyone who could use a personal pick-me-up, or a child who could use a self-esteem boost, or someone who has experienced a loss, please send them my way.  Heritage Makers' storybooks can truly be life-changing.