Legacy Projects are one of our specialties at  Starling with  two members of our team dedicated entirely to assisting you in your vision. Projects have included audio recordings, songwriting, slideshows, documentaries, book-making, and some other big, imaginative  ideas. The purposes of these creative works of art are to commemorate one’s unique life and leave a personal artifact for generations to come.

A Note from The Founder

Legacy projects can be small and quick, yet still profound. I have helped clients leave audio recordings for their families, often times in what I call “song capsules.” The patient picks a song which holds special meaning and the message is embedded in the middle of a song. This type of project, which sometimes only takes one session to record, can leave an incredible impact on loved ones. My music therapy supervisor once said that if seeing a picture of a person is like a thumbprint of a life, hearing the voice is the soul. Whether these legacy projects we embark on are  bigger or smaller in proportion, they positively effect us and our loved ones in enduring ways. They are vehicles to communicate and get unfinished business finished. There is a sense of closure and also comfort, because you leave your own unique watermark, comforting family and cementing something lasting for posterity.

Legacy projects can be completed at any time of life, and can capture stories, experiences, and creative ideas. As one does reach end-of-life, the transition can often be made easier by knowing a full, rich life has been lived. Perhaps a person doesn't have that completed feeling (many of us won’t arrive at this destination in time.) Being able to accomplish an important task helps to provide a sense of closure. Rest comes easier when you have said what you needed to say, especially to the ones who matter most. Most of us tend to put these conversations off until it’s too late. Here are two examples of clients who embarked on projects in the last  few months of their lives, and with a Starling  representative, they completed their creative work.

 

 

 

 

I worked with one woman, Stacy, in her forties whose life goal was to write a book. She shared her deep disappointment that this dream would never come to fruition, as she had been living with stage four cancer for over three years. With gentle guiding and prompting, I transcribed her audio answers into her envisioned story format. Together, we designed a legacy book for her family, friends, and whomever else might learn of this incredible woman and her life story. It included never-before-heard funny stories, major life lessons, messages to her children, and pictures of naturally occurring heart shapes she captured in nature on the opposing pages. She called the book “Spirit Heart’ and she reported in her last few days that her heart was happier and more at peace knowing her book was complete. Her family was also incredibly surprised and touched by her gift as they learned new details about their relationships, heard her wishes for their future, and captured shimmering treasures of who she was in story-form. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another legacy project client who will never be forgotten was Donna, a spirited hospice patient with stage four lung cancer. She was also a gifted songwriter, although she had never recorded nor written her songs down. In our legacy project sessions, we created sheet music with arrangements that were true to her initial vision. She also filmed a video performance and was able to proudly and boldly sing it all herself!

Both of these clients live on in our memories and their gorgeous legacy work.  May these examples inspire you and your loved ones to leave a record of your incredible life.

                                         

                                      Yours in service,

                                             Alison Grace Rapetti, MT-BC

 

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A Note from The Founder

         

             "Legacy projects can be small and quick, yet still profound. I have helped clients leave audio recordings for their families, often times in what I call “song capsules.” The patient picks a song which holds special meaning and the message is embedded in the middle of a song. This type of project, which sometimes only takes one session to record, can leave an incredible impact on loved ones. My music therapy supervisor once said that if seeing a picture of a person is like a thumbprint of a life, hearing the voice is the soul. Whether these legacy projects we embark on are  bigger or smaller in proportion, they positively effect us and our loved ones in enduring ways. They are vehicles to communicate and get unfinished business finished. There is a sense of closure and also comfort, because you leave your own unique watermark, comforting family and cementing something lasting for posterity.

                 Legacy projects can be completed at any time of life, and can capture stories, experiences, and creative ideas. As one does reach end-of-life, the transition can often be made easier by knowing a full, rich life has been lived. Perhaps a person doesn't have that completed feeling (many of us won’t arrive at this destination in time.) Being able to accomplish an important task helps to provide a sense of closure. Rest comes easier when you have said what you needed to say, especially to the ones who matter most. Most of us tend to put these conversations off until it’s too late. Here are two examples of clients who embarked on projects in the last  few months of their lives, and with a Starling  representative, they completed their creative work.I worked with one woman, Tracy, in her forties whose life goal was to write a book. She shared her deep disappointment that this dream would never come to fruition, as she had been living with stage four cancer for over three years. With gentle guiding and prompting, I transcribed her audio answers into her envisioned story format. Together, we designed a legacy book for her family, friends, and whomever else might learn of this incredible woman and her life story. It included never-before-heard funny stories, major life lessons, messages to her children, and pictures of naturally occurring heart shapes she captured in nature on the opposing pages. She called the book “Spirit Heart’ and she reported in her last few days that her heart was happier and more at peace knowing her book was complete. Her family was also incredibly surprised and touched by her gift as they learned new details about their relationships, heard her wishes for their future, and captured shimmering treasures of who she was in story-form." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Another legacy project client who will never be forgotten was Donna, a spirited hospice patient with stage four lung cancer. She was also a gifted songwriter, although she had never recorded nor written her songs down. In our legacy project sessions, we created sheet music with arrangements that were true to her initial vision. She also filmed a video performance and was able to proudly and boldly sing it all herself!"

"Both of these clients live on in our memories and their gorgeous legacy work.  May these examples inspire you and your loved ones to leave a record of your incredible life."

 

-Alison Grace Rapetti,  MT-BC