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A Love Letter From A Mother To Her Daughter

Posted by admin on September, 11, 2018

One opportunity we often give in the interviews we do is to ask if the person would like to deliver a sort of love letter to their children or other family members. In this beautiful piece, a mother speaks of her deep connection with her daughter, the things she’s most proud of, the adult she sees her child as in the world, and so much more. It’s a touching example of how this is done well. This is the power in the work we do, connecting and sharing love, values, and stories between generations.

A Love Letter To My Daughter from Loving Legacy Video on Vimeo.

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Sponsoring The Senior Matters 2018 Conference – ‘Reinventing Retirement Planning’

Posted by admin on September, 10, 2018

Loving Legacy Video was proud to be an official sponsor of the Senior Matters 2018 organized by Aging Options. The annual conference brings together a host of organizations and businesses supporting seniors, and welcomed keynote speakers Mike Holmgren, the former Superbowl champion coach of the Greenbay Packers, and then Seattle Seahawks on Friday, and then on Saturday multimedia personality Kerri Kasem. THe conference was a great opportunity to network with a host of others serving Puget Sound area seniors in all areas of life. Here’s a short video of Keith of Loving Legacy Video addressing the lunchtime audience to share the power in the work we do.

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5 Generations Together In One Cemetery, A Legacy Video

Posted by lovinglegacyvideo on July, 31, 2018

This video is from when I recently had the beautiful opportunity and experience of going with my father and son to visit the cemetery where my grandparents and great grandparents are buried. The last time I had been there was in 1999 after my grandfather’s death which was long before I had a child of my own. We were in Boston visiting my father, and made the long drive to New Jersey, specifically to visit the cemetery as my dad is approaching 80 and his mobility is becoming far more limited. It was clear that if this was ever going to happen, it needed to be now when it was still possible. I made this short video to celebrate the trip. It’s amazing to me to know my son will be able to relive this moment decades from now. And as my father plans to be cremated when he dies, we know there will not be such a specific place to visit him.

5 Generations Together At The Cemetery – Loving Legacy Video from Loving Legacy Video on Vimeo.

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Sessions in Boston and NYC in September and October

Posted by lovinglegacyvideo on July, 29, 2018

Loving Legacy Video - At Work

Loving Legacy Video will be doing interviews in Boston during the week of September 13th-20th and in NYC the week of October 14th-21st. We are currently scheduling interviews during those dates. Please share the service with friends, colleagues and family members who may be interested. The interviews are typically done in client homes and are conducted over the course of 1 day.

There’s lots of information, details, samples, and pricing throughout the pages of our website. Book now as the dates will fill up quickly. Best way to do so is by contacting us or calling 206-679-8381 to start the process. We look forward to working with you.

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Understand the process

Why Do A Loving Legacy Video? from Loving Legacy Video on Vimeo.

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AgeWise King County Article Features Insights from Loving Legacy Video

Posted by lovinglegacyvideo on July, 27, 2018

Vintage Family Black and White Photos from Agewise

Recently, I was contacted by AgeWise King County to contribute my thoughts to their article about ‘Leaving One’s Legacy’ based on my work interviewing elders. There are so many common themes that come up in Loving Legacy videos around a desire for people’s future generations to know those who came before them, to want people to know you in ways that you may not have previously shared, and to take the time to do this while one can.

“Another strategy for communicating your personal story is video. Len Davis, an award-winning commercial and personal videographer, films and facilitates autobiographical interviews with elders. People who seek his expertise fall into two categories—30- to 60-year-olds who notice their aging parents changing and losing some of their faculties and recognize that the window of opportunity for them to access the stories and information about their parents’ lives is closing; and 60- to 90-year-olds who want to capture their lived experience and share it with grandkids or future generations. They want to be able to reflect on their own lives as well as those of generations past.

“People are motivated to preserve their cultural history and their sense of identity,” says Davis. “They want to share where their family is from, the food they ate, the heirlooms that were passed down to them. Some people want to talk about their professional and civic accomplishments, or their lives in the military.” The video experience allows them to explore who they are and what they want others to know. Davis comments, “The videos have sometimes changed the relationship between adults and their elderly parents. This particular media and the recorded stories helped the ad

ult children understand their parents differently, with more knowledge and compassion.”

Clips from the videos have been used in memorial services and other life celebrations. People also can watch the video and enter a different relationship with their parents or with themselves. Davis says, “People don’t want to live with regret about what they didn’t share.”

AgeWise is a great local resource for elders who are active, connected and making a difference in King County.

Leaving Your Legacy

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Forest & Farmland Preservation in Western Washington – An Emerald Green Legacy

Posted by lovinglegacyvideo on July, 23, 2018

Bob Rose spent decades working with the WA Department of Natural Resources, The University of Washington and Washington State University, state and county government agencies laboring to preserve forest and farmland throughout Puget Sound and Western WA. His legacy will be a strong one, celebrated by not just his family who hired Loving Legacy Video to interview him and preserve his work, but also generations of future students, planners, politicans and others who will benefit from the vast areas of land he helped to preserve and protect. We began the interview at his home on Similk Bay and then visited various sites connected to his work in and around Anacortes including Mt Erie, a vista of Cypress Island, a farm in La Conner, and in the old growth forest around Heart Lake.

A Thousand Cups of Tea -Listening to All Sides from Loving Legacy Video on Vimeo.

Saving Skagit Farmland- Lessons Learned from Loving Legacy Video on Vimeo.

Old Growth Forest in Anacortes, WA from Loving Legacy Video on Vimeo.

Finding Common Ground from Loving Legacy Video on Vimeo.

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The Legacy of Seattle’s Cass Turnbull – Memorial Service and Interview Videos

Posted by lovinglegacyvideo on October, 23, 2017

Friends and family gathered at Shoreline Community College to honor the legacy of Plant Amnesty founder Cass Turnbull at her memorial service.

Cass Turnbull was a passionate protector of green space and advocate for teaching proper pruning in Seattle and King County.

I had the privilege to work with Cass over the past 5 years on producing a series of pruning videos that now have over 1.2 million views on YouTube. Cass was a warrior for the protection of green spaces in Seattle and King County. The overflow crowd at her memorial was a testament to the power of her work and voice. I always appreciated her humor, vision for our city, and ability to bring people together.

Click on any of these links to learn more about the organization she founded, the bible she wrote about tree pruning, a Seattle Times obituary, a remembrance, and literature about the work she was passionate about, tree pruning. Thank you Cass.

I am the owner of Loving Legacy Video. To learn more about this work honoring the lives and stories of our loved ones, please look around.

 

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Do You Love Me? It’s Nice To Know

Posted by lovinglegacyvideo on May, 4, 2017

‘You’re upset, you’re worn out, go inside, go lie down. Maybe you’ve got indigestion!”

I was recently hired to film a very special 50th wedding anniversary celebration in Edmonds. Together with the photos and videos that the husband had edited to project for the crowd during the reception, was this great clip from Fiddler On The Roof in which the husband grills the wife about whether or not she loves him. The crowd loved it and it was a gentle ode to the challenges of marriage, and how they’d managed to stay strong together after all these years. The family sat together, parents and grandparents with the grandchildren at the head table laughing. The family was also of European descent and there were a number of people in the crowd with accents who’d immigrated to Seattle. It seemed to me like a clip that would be great to share at any similar wedding anniversary party or celebration.

To learn more about our lifecycle event video coverage, visit our page here http://lovinglegacyvideo.com/milestones-memorials/

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Adult Children Making Powerful Legacy Videos with and About Their Aging Parents with Dementia

Posted by lovinglegacyvideo on April, 5, 2017

The 2 videos below are different kinds of legacy or end of life videos. In these beautiful and sad videos, 2 adult children explore their parent’s aging process. More specifically they share their parent’s increasing dementia and memory loss.

In the video above, an old father can’t remember his family members, his life from day to day or other recent events but when his son takes him driving and plays the songs he sang throughout his career as a musician, the words are all there and he comes alive joyfully singing and returning to his old self. The son has begun using the videos he records to raise money to record an album with his dad singing and all proceeds going toward supporting The Alzheimers Society. So far he’s raised $163,000.

From his website:
I’m fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society because of the advice they’ve given us in the last few years. Without them we would have had very little idea or support about how to deal with even the basics of Dad’s condition.
The more Alzheimer’s kicked in, the more Dad became violent – both physically and verbally – it was incredibly difficult to manage. And terrifying at times.

Alzheimer’s Society provide a telephone helpline to sufferers and their families. I cannot begin to describe how a stranger’s voice at the end of the phoneline helped when things got really bad.

Dad was a singer throughout his life – he was a Butlin’s Redcoat and then travelled around singing in clubs around the country. He worked in a factory when he got married and did the occasional bit of singing on side. His nickname is The Songaminute Man – simply because of how many songs he knows.

In the last few years his memory has deteriorated a lot – often not recognising me as his son. Its a horrible illness.However, now when we’ve got him singing again he’s back in the room. It’s these moments that we treasure.

The plan is to share as much of Dad’s singing as we can and hopefully it will help raise money to fund the work of the Alzheimer’s Society – more specifically to go towards paying for a person at the end of the phoneline to help other people like us.

The other video doesn’t have the same feel good thread, but is a very authentic and painful window into how it feels to see his aging mother lose her memory and even the awareness of who her son is to her.

A Son Documents His Mother's Increasing Dementia in Video Series from Loving Legacy Video on Vimeo.

To learn more about the projects visit:
http://www.songaminuteman.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6tmams7km6i0O9m9m3MP0Q
http://www.facebook.com/songaminute

https://www.youtube.com/c/joejoe
https://mollysmovement.com/

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Afghan Blankets – One Grandma’s Thread That Connects A Family – Heirlooms for Future Generations and Refugees

Posted by lovinglegacyvideo on April, 2, 2017

For this American family of Syrian and Lebanese heritage, Afghan blankets that women of the family have been making for generations are now connecting them with refugees in their flight from Syria. This beautiful story is part of a larger family history project that Loving Legacy Video produced. Faced with moving out of their home and downsizing their possessions, this grandma who’d been making these blankets for family members for decades didn’t know what to do with more than 20 extra blankets she’d made over the years. In a Seattle Times article, she learned about a local woman putting together care package boxes for Syrian refugees and she reached out the effort. Other video clips included the role of food and culture in their childhood, the older generation’s choice not to teach Arabic to the first generation of children born in the US, thoughts about parenting and grandparenting, retirement, aging and death.

Afghan Blankets – A Thread That Connects A Family – Loving Legacy Video from Loving Legacy Video on Vimeo.

Seattle Baby boxes for Syrian refugees

Grandchildren with handmade Afghans

Grandchildren with handmade Afghans

Handmade Afghans

Grandchildren with handmade Afghans

Grandchildren with handmade Afghans

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Silver Kite – A Seattle Intergenerational Community Arts Program

Posted by lovinglegacyvideo on February, 20, 2017

I enjoyed the opportunity to spend this morning with the folks at Silver Kite, a Seattle intergenerational community arts program. They’re doing great things using art as a vehicle for connecting across generations and cultures, promoting social change and bringing people together. They also offer professional development workshops for older adult service providers and educators in arts leadership, and intergenerational programming. A mutual friend had introduced me to the founder/director Jen Kulik who shared with me her personal story around the birth of Silver Kite and what’s at the heart of their work. One of the coolest projects they have is something called the Spark Box, which is a subscription based art box with materials and activities that prompt the creation of artworks with personal storytelling exercises. I think it’s a beautiful idea and was happy to see examples of what the boxes contain. It’s amazing to me that Silver Kite offers classes in graphic memoir, visual and digital storytelling, dementia friendly poetry and storytelling and so much more. Intergenerational theater programs are also one core piece of their work, both leading exercises and performances with youth and elders acting together. And they bring the exercises and games to the community, to libraries, assisted living communities and nursing homes around the Seattle area. Very impressive work. To learn more, visit their class listings page at http://www.silverkite.us/arts-with-older-adults

Studies have shown participation in the arts is beneficial to older adults’ self-esteem, socialization, communication skills, and emotional health.

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2 Adult Siblings Dealing With Their Mother’s Ageing and Death – A Beautiful Video

Posted by lovinglegacyvideo on February, 13, 2017

The Big Picture is a beautiful short video animation about two very different adult brothers, dealing with the ageing and death of their mother. It’s a unique form of animation that is apparently created with life sized characters. In the story 2 brothers argue over whether to put their mom in a nursing home, and deal with each other through her ageing, and over her eventual death. I really enjoyed this piece- the aesthetic, the content and dialogue and overall story. It’s a very real portrait of a family struggling to deal with their ageing parent, sibling rivalry, conflict, who does the caregiving, makes the decisions, cleans mom’s body and much more. I love the quality and breadth of the videos Vimeo shares. This short has apparently won numerous awards throughout the US and Europe.

The Bigger Picture from daisy jacobs on Vimeo.

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A Grandfather Bequeaths a Profound Secret to his Grandson

Posted by lovinglegacyvideo on February, 9, 2017

Wow. ‘Grandpa and Me and a Helicopter to Heaven‘ is a gorgeous short documentary film about the relationship between a young boy and his dying grandfather with whom he’s close. I believe the film is in Swedish and filmed in Sweden. The film jumps back and forth between the birth and early years of the boy’s life with his grandfather, and the time they spend together while the old man is dying. There are no other people in the film until the last scene. One amazing scene involves the grandchildren touching his dead body. This short moved me to tears. A really beautiful family portrait.

Grandpa and Me and a Helicopter to Heaven from Aeon Video on Vimeo.

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Making Videos With and About Grandparents

Posted by lovinglegacyvideo on February, 4, 2017

‘Directed by Tweetie’ is a very sweet Scottish documentary film made by a 23 year old with his ageing grandparents. It’s a beautiful family portrait in which very little actually happens. It’s all just him interacting with his grandparents, putting the microphone on them, talking about why he’s filming them, visiting parts of their home and garden, etc. The grandparents very innocently cooperate, answering his casual questions, watching him assembling and adjusting his equipment, and along the way engaging about how they see themselves, including reacting to watching the footage that’s been shot. It’s simple and sweet.

Directed by Tweedie from Duncan Cowles on Vimeo.

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Video of 93 Year Old Man Singing to His Dying Wife in Hospital Bed

Posted by lovinglegacyvideo on January, 31, 2017

For me, watching this beautiful video of an elderly man singing to his dying wife in her hospital bed brings back memories of sitting by my own grandmother’s nursing home bedside. I’d hold her hand and stay talking to her. By that time, she was almost fully incapable of speaking but would every once in a while blurt something out that would so clearly confirm that she was hearing everything I was saying. Sometimes it was just the confirmation of her eyes, making clear she was hearing me. Other times she’d speak a few words that would surprise me. Sometimes I would kind of climb onto the bed by her side. Not smooshing her but half on half off, my torso by her side and head on her shoulder but off the bed from the waist down. I had a similar experience when my other grandmother’s sister was on the verge of dying. We’d flown in from Seattle to see her one last time, and she was laying in the hospital bed barely conscious. We’d been told she wasn’t speaking and had little time to live. Out of nowhere in response to our presence and speaking to her, she blurted out a series of words clarifying that she was right there with us. It was powerful and beautiful. She died shortly after.

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