Who might be interested in an Audio Legacy?



  • Families wanting to preserve heritage and history.

  • People wanting a tangible memento of loved ones that can be listened to over and over.

  • Early stage dementia scenarios, before the memories are lost.

  • A fun addition to family reunions.


Imagine hearing your mother’s laugh again, many years after her death!  Or listening to her telling that story one more time. 

Genealogists / Family Historians

  • To round out your family history, adding depth to names and dates

    Ancestry.ca’s website, for example, offers members the opportunity to upload stories and audio. Imagine the richness of a family tree with those additions!

​​The dying


  • Provides an opportunity to say goodbye. 

  • Allows families to preserve memories before they’re gone.  

  • Provides ‘sound bites’ for memorial services.  (This has been a very popular choice for grieving families, providing a measure of comfort as their loved one isn't completely gone.)


Special Interest/Seniors’ Groups

  • Reminiscence therapy reduces depression and isolation while improving overall well being… and it’s fun! 


(Au, Garner, Lai & Chan, 2015; Bedford & Blieszner, 2012; Bohlmeijer, Roemer, Chin, 2007; Cuijpers & Smit, 2007; Bryant, Smart & King, 2005; Chappell & Hollander, 2013; Chiang, Chu, Chang, Chung, Chen,  Chiou, & Chou, 2010; Desai, 2011; Galbraith, Larkin, Moorhouse & Oomen, 2015; Hsieh & Wang, 2003; Merriam, 1980;Murayama, Ohba, Yasunaga, Nonaka, Takeuchi, Nishi et al. 2015; Novak, Campbell  & Northcott, 2014; Serrano, Latorre, Gatz, & Montanes, 2004; Woods, Spector, Jones, Orrell & Davies; 2005).  

  • 'How to' classes are available!


  • The spoken word adds richness and depth to a sometimes flat historical experience, inviting the listener into the first-person account.

  • First hand accounts or family stories passed down through generations lend credence and add value as history becomes ‘real’.

  • Personal narratives will often provide details considered too trivial or overlooked in other historical accounts.​


“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Janet.  She is very professional, delivered our product in a timely manner and exceeded our expectations.”


—  K.W.

Why Audio Legacy?

  • Experienced, effective and fast

  • Lead generation, if required

  • Time stamp markers for headings, making future searches easier (if required).

  • Design and provide suitable/tailored questions for various projects (if required).

  • Photo and memorabilia information collection (if required).

  • Signed waivers, allowing future use.

  • Cataloguing for audio-visuals and oral histories (if required).

  • Genealogy (if required).

Janet says:  

I’m the kind of person that everyone talks to.  Everyone.  It’s been that way since I was very young.  Complete strangers come up to me and they all tell me their stories.  Sometimes the stories are funny, but oftentimes they’re not.


I once had a man weep in my arms in the ceramic tile aisle at the local building supply store for a full ten minutes because his wife was dying of cancer and she was trying so hard to say goodbye to her children and they didn’t want to listen. They weren’t ready to let her go. The poor woman knew she wasn’t going to recover and she wanted to finish her business here so she could go peacefully. When the children wouldn’t listen, she felt a heaviness hanging over her that wouldn’t go away.  It added to her burden. In their defense, her children didn’t want a lot. They just wanted her to fight and stay positive...  they wanted hope. So she did fight and she did stay positive (whenever they were there). But whenever they left, she’d collapse from the effort and then lay there and weep. The poor man was stuck in the middle. I met him on a Sunday morning, just after he’d left the hospital. And as he sobbed in my arms, he told me of his wife’s pain and how helpless he felt and how angry he was with his children. I can still hear his voice as he demanded, between tears,


“Why won’t they listen?  Why won’t they just let her say goodbye?”


There are a lot of reasons to record a story.  You could help a terminal patient record their life or just help them say goodbye. Sometimes, I think it’s harder for terminal patients than for those of us who die suddenly.  When do you say goodbye?  If you do it too early, you’re being morbid or theatrical.  If you leave it too late, it’s left unsaid.  



“Since A---- has passed on, I’ve listened to the recordings a great deal. Hearing his voice makes me feel closer to him.” 


—  R.J.