Life Story Recorder
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Hospice of Michigan

Life Story Recorder

You’ll help a loved one share their stories by asking thoughtful questions and digitally recording their answers. The My Stories program gives patients the gift of sharing their stories—the big ones to the seemingly mundane—and also gives families the gift of hearing their loved one’s voice for years to come. You’ll record the interview, often alongside the patient’s family, and Hospice of Michigan will put the recording onto a CD to gift the family. If you’d like, you can deliver the CD instead.

Show me how to get started
2-4 hours/month, as you’re available for a family’s request; HOM will coordinate with the patient’s availability and yours
18+; pass a background check and TB test; a waiting period of one year after your own loved one dies
Varies by where patient lives

Is This the Right Fit for Me?

You love asking people questions about their life, and the idea of doing so in such a meaningful way is exciting to you. Though every situation and patient will be different, you’re willing to be flexible and listen to the desires of the patient and their family. You recognize the gift of big stories like “lessons learned” and even the history revealed in the daily activities of their childhood carry immense value. It doesn’t hurt if you’ve got a journalist’s ear and enthusiasm to ask the right questions.

About Hospice of Michigan

Hospice of Michigan ensures quality of life, comfort, and peace for their patients and provides support for patients’ loved ones during their end-of-life experience. HOS serves everyone in the community who needs and seeks care; they strive to improve the state of comfort care.

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Contact the Organization

If you’re ready to ask some questions and get started, contact the Hospice of Michigan directly.

Claire Fisher Volunteer Program Coordinator 616-356-5233

What to Expect

Contact Claire to ask questions and learn more about the role. Then, fill out the online application. Once Claire receives it, she’ll reach out for some paperwork details: background check, driver’s license, etc. You’ll be invited to a six-hour orientation from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., which may be on a weekday or weekend, depending on volunteer demand. (Life Story Recorders will get special training on how to complete a storytelling assignment.) After that, you’ll receive a welcome packet in a week or two with your volunteer badge and instructions for TB testing and fingerprinting. Once those two steps are complete, you’ll be ready to start!