I have been writing down family stories that my parents told me (both now deceased) as well as stories about my childhood. I have shared them (so far 4 installments) with all my nieces & nephews & their children. I have encouraged them to write down stories to add to the archive. I shared the stories I had at my sister's funeral & many family members commented on them & shared more stories. I had shared them with my sister before she di d as well as a video of family photos which she told me she really enjoyed looking at. We shouldn't wait - write stuff down now. Doesn't have to be in chronological order or the great American novel. Just get them down in some form.
Thanks, James. I have not had anyone close to me use hospice but I just came upon a booklet from an organization called Healing Environments. Although they no longer publish the booklet called "A light in the mist- a journal of hope, vol 9, #1, 2004. It mentions in one part a program at Hope Hospice in Fort Meyers,FL that encouragespatients who want to share their life stories to work with high school students to write them down. They didn't go into great detail about questions but for those folks who want to leave their leagacies this sounded great. This combined with your ideas would be great.