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Talk of a Lifetime

The Funeral and Memorial Information Council (FAMIC) created Have the Talk of a Lifetime to help families have important conversations about the things that matter most to them and how a person’s life story can be remembered and honored in a meaningful way. Memorialization is so much more than it used to be. Today it can reflect a person’s life story, values, interests and experiences. Meaningful memorialization can be transformative, healing and comforting.

Have the Talk of a Lifetime offers families practical advice and tools to help them have conversations about the things that matter most and how they hope to be remembered when they die and for generations to come.

Why is having the talk important?

Deep down, most of us want to know that we, in some way, made a difference in this world. Having the Talk of a Lifetime can make the difference of a lifetime. It can help reacquaint us with our loved ones and help us get to know them in a new and different way. Sitting down with your loved ones to talk about their lives can be rich and satisfying.

Learning about memorable events and people, places and favorite activities, values and lessons they have learned can help bring us closer to those we care about most. The talk helps us reaffirm to our loved ones how much they have impacted our life.

Who should have the talk?

You can have the talk of a lifetime with anyone you hold dear – your parents, children, grandparents, aunts and uncles, a spouse or a friend. It can happen anywhere you and your loved one are most comfortable – over a meal, at home, on a walk, at a family gathering or while playing a game. Your conversation can take place at any time, not just at the end of life.

How do I start the talk?

Sometimes, using a visual prompt, such as a photo album, souvenir, or memento, can be a great way to start a conversation. Memorable places, such as the church where your loved one was married or a favorite park can also help someone begin to open up and share their story.

You could share a memory about a vacation you took together and will always remember, a piece of advice that you cherish, a song that reminds you of them or the reasons you will never forget them. You may wish to take notes during or after your conversation, or make an audio recording. You should choose whatever method seems most appropriate and comfortable given the setting of your conversation.

Some questions you could ask to start the talk are:

  • What is your proudest achievement?

  • What was the one piece of advice you received from your parents or grandparents that
    you never forgot?

  • Tell me about the most memorable summer you had growing up.

  • Tell me about your favorite teacher; what did you learn from him or her?

  • If you could spend a day doing anything you like, what would it be?

  • Who has been your greatest inspiration?

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Mary and Frank Navetta

June 10, 2020

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There was a great combination of attention to detail and sincere kindness throughout the process. Additionally, we never felt pressured in any way. We can wholeheartedly recommend Lowe Funeral Home for your funeral needs.

Cynthia Yelinek

November 7, 2017

They are the best. So friendly and welcoming. They make you feel like family.

Regina Middleton

November 7, 2017

The staff here has helped us with several family losses, and with pre-burial planning (which I highly recommend for everyone). They are always sincerely sympathetic and compassionate to the needs of everyone who comes to them. They have also been extremely helpful and compassionate with our family members whose finances were very limited. There was no pushing upgrades where they were not wanted, or were just out of budget.

Carla Ussery-Champion

September 19, 2017

Everyone is so kind and understanding. They help you make decisions at a difficult time. I would never consider using anyone else.

June Blackburn

March 22, 2017

This is the most caring and awesome Funeral Home ever. I have planned a few funerals and none of them have even come close to the service and care that we rec'd in planning my Aunt's services at Lowe's. So accommodating and gracious. Heather, Earnest, and the staff were amazing. They did a beautiful job on the makeup and you could not even tell what she had been through. I could not be more pleased. And I thank them for their special efforts for a grand send off for my Aunt.