11 Dec Four Reasons Why Knowing Your Family Story Is Important
We are all shaped by our Family Story, it makes us understand who we are and where we have come from. It’s much more than a set of facts, dates and family tree, stories provide the context around why things occurred and invaluable lessons on how challenges were overcome.
Below we highlight four benefits of knowing your family story.
1. It keeps family traditions alive
Family rituals and traditions are passed on from one generation to the next. Regular multi-generational family gatherings set the foundation by which future generations will continue.
2. It builds respect in younger generations
Learning the context, feelings and thoughts around the achievements and challenges that our elderly loved one’s went through is so powerful and interesting for younger generations.
3. It highlights important medical and genetic history
It is becoming more important to know your family medical history in order to predict and prevent the onset of potential medical issues linked to family genetics.
4. It improves the pride and wellbeing of our elderly loved ones
As a person ages, the more important their memories become. A person’s sense of self-worth is fuelled by their story being recognised and known by family members, giving them a sense of pride and dignity for what they have achieved.
Knowing your family story is one thing, but capturing and documenting it is another.
At My Word, we aim to empower families to better connect through stories and we have carefully developed a DIY Story Capture Kit so you can capture your loved one’s story yourself.