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Forgotten war stories brought alive with the help of autobiography company this Veterans Day

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This Veterans Day (11th November), the memories of those who have served in the United States Armed Forces and lived through times of war are firmly at the forefront of the nation’s minds. The best history books are packed with first-hand accounts, detailed anecdotes and unique perspectives that reveal real human life stories from a distinct period in time. However, while thousands of people have incredible stories to share of their experiences of these times, many keep these tales to themselves or fail to document them so they can be passed on to future generations. The importance of preserving these informative and irreplaceable insights led entrepreneur, Brit Roy Moëd to create LifeBook – a bespoke autobiography service – which he set up in 2012 after encouraging his own father to document his memories.
“My father was nearing the end of his life, was almost blind and felt he didn’t have much to contribute anymore,” comments Mr Moëd. “I wanted to find him a project to work on, something he could look forward to. I knew there would be stories from his past that he might feel a little uncomfortable sharing with me so I sent a friend to meet with him once a week so he didn’t have to hold back or have the worry of telling me a story he had already told me a thousand times.”
Mr Moëd’s father passed away before they were able to finish the book completely but provided the inspiration to set up LifeBook. The aim was to encourage other people to start the journey of storytelling, share their life stories and leave a lasting legacy.

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LifeBook sends an interviewer, weekly for a period of 12 weeks, to interview and record a person’s stories, from anywhere in the US. After each session, their verbal recollections are turned into the written word – in the author’s voice – and then amended and edited as the author sees fit. Once the chapters have been written and approved, they are then typeset into five hand-crafted, stitched linen-covered, 160-page hardback books, including up to 60 photographs. To date LifeBook has helped several hundred people across 15 different countries document their stories for family and friends – many of them military veterans. Mr Moëd adds: “Although these books are very much something for the family of the authors to treasure for years to come they are often shared with friends and kept for, as yet, unborn grandchildren and great grandchildren.”

To find out more or to commission a LifeBook for yourself or a loved one, visit lifebookUSA.com or call 800 901 5121.

A LifeBook Record

John Franklin signingWe were very pleased to be visited by our LifeBook author, John Franklin, this week. He popped in to sign our office copy, after a long day of signing copies for his friends and family!

John worked with LifeBook’s bespoke service to complete a manuscript into which he had put many years of hard work. Whilst our normal autobiographies are usually around 160 pages long with 60 photographs, at 608 pages and with numerous photographs, letters and documents, The Weaver and His Crinoline Lady is our biggest LifeBook yet! This beautiful large-format book with a custom designed cover was finally completed in just five months with LifeBook’s help.FRANKLIN copy

Mr Franklin said: “Amazing what the end product has turned out to be. Something LifeBook can be proud of! A very big thank you to my project manager, Caroline, for the great effort and professionalism she brought to making the tome the fine end product it is.”

Congratulations to Mr Franklin; you and your loved ones are now in possession of a legacy you can treasure forever.

LifeBook—A Unique Gift for a Unique Father

LifeBook USA offers a meaningful Father’s Day gift with a difference: the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to record your father’s life journey in his very own personal autobiography; a treasured archive that will leave a legacy for generations to come.

 

It’s hard to buy a Father’s Day present for the man who has everything, so LifeBook USA are offering a gift with a difference. The company specializes in helping people to record their life’s journey—a tangible embodiment of personal triumphs and hardships.

For Bob Fitzsimmons and his sister, LifeBook was exactly the unique gift they were looking for to give to their 70-year-old father, Tom, based in Florida.

“It just seemed like a perfect fit. We thought it was appropriate to try something not only out of the box, but also something meaningful,” Mr. Fitzsimmons said.

“My father was certainly intrigued by it. Actually, at the beginning, he was almost a little confused. He didn’t even know that such a gift existed or that there was such a thing out there. So, for him, after explaining exactly what my sister and I had given him, he was thrilled. He thought that it was such a unique idea and he really embraced the idea from the beginning,” he said.

“It was really more about the experience that we were seeking to give, as opposed to a finished, tangible product. That was less important to us. It was more about my father getting something out of this that he found to be fulfilling and enjoyable, which is what we accomplished and were pleased with.”

Vice President of Author Development at LifeBook USA, Duane Roemmich, said the LifeBook method involves four to six months of face-to-face interviews, held regularly with a trained interviewer.

“The LifeBook process helps people to tell their stories. Information gathered is then documented in their very own personal autobiography. It becomes a treasured archive that can live on for generations,” Mr. Roemmich said.

For Bob Fitzsimmons, it’s this legacy that has been an unexpected, but very positive, outcome of his father’s LifeBook experience.

“I think this is one of those gifts that will give back many years from now to a lot of people, especially my children and my sister’s children who probably can’t appreciate it fully at this stage of their life,” Mr. Fitzsimmons said.

To give the gift of LifeBook to your father this Father’s Day, contact 888-530-7373.

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A LifeBook Autobiography – A Gift with Real Meaning

When Ali Hall was faced with the dilemma of gift shopping for her elderly father, she, like many of us, considered the regular types of gifts.

“It’s hard to give your father something, you know – he gave me everything,” Ms Hall said.

“And sometimes you’re sort of like, what? One more tie for a present and he doesn’t even wear a tie anymore. So what do you get?” she said.

Hall liked the idea of giving her father a gift that had real meaning and, in her search for the perfect solution, she discovered LifeBook.

“It wasn’t just some sort of silly throwaway gift for another year of a holiday, so that meant a lot to me. He’s engaging his mind through the LifeBook process. That’s been huge. And it’s been something positive for us to talk about,” she said.

Vice President Author Development at LifeBook USA, Duane Roemmich said, for many, LifeBook is not so much about the book, but more about the engaging process of the book’s development.

“The process involves six months of weekly face-to-face interviews, so interviewers get to know their subjects well,” Mr Roemmich said.

“Participants tell their stories, share their precious memories and the most important parts of their lives. It’s a very meaningful process,” he said.

According to Ali Hall, the autobiographical journey has given her father renewed purpose.

“It’s incredible for him to have a purpose, to have a reason to get up, to think about the day, to get dressed to see Anna, the interviewer… It’s meaningful. It’s something important to do,” Ms Hall said.

“When you read his story, his personality is just bursting through the pages – and there are so many stories. I know I’m giving him that gift of remembering really happy times and, I think, you can’t give someone more than that,” she said.

LifeBook was established in the UK in 2012 and expanded to the United States in January.

For further information about starting your very own LifeBook journey, contact 888-530-7373 FREE.

LifeBook was originally established in 2012 by Roy Moed who was inspired by his own personal journey. His father, Jules, was almost blind and felt he had nothing more to contribute to the world. Moed asked a friend to visit his father for an hour each week to ‘interview’ him and document his stories. He discovered that his father eagerly awaited each visit and relished in the chance to talk about the fond memories and experiences of his life. This very first autobiography inspired Moed to take LifeBook to the world.

 

LifeBook Expands to the USA and Calls The Villages Home

The Villages, Florida (PRWEB)April 16, 2016

ssBritish based company LifeBook has expanded to the USA and are now proudly calling The Villages home. The company offers the unique service of helping people all over the world to create their legacy autobiography for themselves, their families and generations to come.

Founder of LifeBook, Roy Möed, said the company is excited about bringing LifeBook to The Villages.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing LifeBook to Florida and offering The Villages community with the gift of a lifetime. It’s a celebration of life and a journey of discovery,” Mr Möed said.

“LifeBook provides an opportunity for people to tell their stories and document their lives in a treasured archive – a legacy that can live on for generations,” he said.

LifeBook was originally established in 2012 by Mr Möed who was inspired by his own personal journey. His father, Jules, was almost blind and felt he had nothing more to contribute to the world.

Möed asked a friend to visit his father for an hour each week to ‘interview’ him and document his stories. He discovered that his father eagerly awaited each visit and relished in the chance to talk about the fond memories and experiences of his life. This very first autobiography inspired Möed to take LifeBook to the world.

“My goal was to find an affordable way for anyone, young or old, to create their very own personal autobiography, wherever they are in the world,” Mr Möed said.

The six-month autobiographical journey involves weekly face-to-face interviews with a trained interviewer. Information gathered from these meetings is then used by an experienced ghostwriter to write the autobiography in consultation with the participant. The stories and photographs are then produced into a unique LifeBook published as a family legacy to keep forever.

For further information about creating your LifeBook call 888-530-7373 (If in the USA) or 0800 999 2998 (If in The UK)

Telegraph Subscriber’s Corner Competition Winner

Congratulations to Mr Bob Pryor – husband of Brenda, a member of the the Cambridge Meridian Golf Club, who won the Telegraph Subscriber’s Corner Competition.

Bob  has won the opportunity to have a his autobiography produced by LifeBook.

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He was presented with his LifeBook by Roy Moëd founder of LifeBook at a Champagne Afternoon Tea, with several of his close friends and family at the club.

For more information on the Cambridge Meridian Golf Club Click Here: www.cmgc.co.uk

Story that will transcend death’s divide

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Christopher Middleton meets a man with terminal cancer who is leaving the gift of his autobiography

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Grant Branton might have cancer, but he’s making the most of every last minute by creating a LifeBook, says Christopher Middleton (Reproduced courtesy of of The Telegraph)

On the plus side, Grant Branton lives in a beautifully converted, open-plan house, and can see the Brighton seafront from his front door. The less good news is that he has terminal cancer and is not sure how long he has to live. However, instead of just sitting back and feeling sorry for himself, he has found his own special way of fighting back. He is writing his autobiography.

Not all on his own, though. He has hired a firm to send an interviewer, once a week for the next 10 weeks, to make tape recordings of his life story. After each session, his verbal recollections are turned into the written word, for him to amend and edit as he sees fit.

Once the chapters have been written and approved, he will be given not just a sheaf of typewritten pages, but five copies of a finished, printed book, with photographs of him as a small boy, right through to the 53-year-old he is today. Total cost £2,975.

By his own account, Grant was a bright, blond, slightly chubby young chap when a small boy. As a young man, he played every sport from squash to rugby to American football, and ended up going into the film production business. Today, he is slimmer and less hairy. Also, he is determined to get the story of his life down on paper.

“Just two months before I learnt that my cancer was now secondary and terminal, I had done a 100-mile bike ride,” he says. “The doctors gave me this news, and there was what you might call an awkward silence. I just felt dizzy.”

Once he had cleared his head, however, Grant set about making the most of the time left to him. It so happened that one of the firms he was working for was LifeBook, a company that specialises in helping people write their life stories.

He is now busy looking back through his own life, picking out the things that make him smile, that he wants to live on. One is the way his parents met: his mother was a ballet dancer, his father in the Merchant Navy. “The way they tell it, he arrived late, at a ballet performance, and because he had a seat in the front couple of rows, he disturbed everyone climbing into it.”

“Then I remember the time we were living in Asia, and there was an earthquake,” says Grant. “All the baboons were terrified, and ran out of the jungle onto the beach.”

“I got married in the Far East, too, in Thailand. Nine Buddhist monks were chanting at the ceremony, and I gave them each a bound copy of a different book: The Silver Sword, Stig of the Dump and others.”

“At the end of the ceremony, my wife Christine and I didn’t kiss, we shook hands. However, the next day when we went to register the marriage, we were arrested and fined because we had overstayed our visa. That was 20 years ago.”

Fortunately they resolved the issue, and Christine is still by her husband’s side, keeping him supplied with plenty of hot drinks and moral support.

What does she think of his decision to write his life story? “I think it’s a beautiful thing to do,” she says. “The fact is, everyone has a story to tell, no one has had a completely normal life. And a lot of the time, your friends only know about the bit of your life that they’ve played a part in.”

That said, the hard part about writing your autobiography is picking out what to include. This is where Yvette Conn comes in. She’s the interviewer who will be recording Grant’s words. “We’ve talked a lot about those periods of Grant’s life on which he wants to concentrate,” she says. “The great thing about this project is that it is Grant who is in control.”

LifeBook was set up by Roy Moëd following his experience with his own father. “It began one day as I was leaving him in a home, towards the end of his life, when he was blind and couldn’t taste his food,” he recalls. “I was about to say to him, ‘Don’t worry, Dad, it will be better next week’, when I stopped myself and thought, ‘No it won’t, he will be a bit blinder and closer to death.”

“That’s why I created, that day, a project for him to live for, and sent a third party to interview him each week: Dad had a project he really enjoyed, and we had precious stories, many of which we had never heard, or had forgotten.”

Not that LifeBook authors need be near the end of their lives to embark on an autobiography; many take on the project purely as something to give their children or relatives.

However, if this is indeed the last lap of the race, then Grant is making the most of it. “The thing is, I want to die on my own terms,” he says. “The only thing the doctors can offer me is chemotherapy, and I refuse to subject myself to that. As far as I can see, your body just collapses.”

“The only positive thing about my situation is that I realise how little time there is. Each morning, for a few moments, I wake up without illness, and then I remember I’ve got cancer. So often in life, you’re too busy coping with the here and now – getting the burst water pipe fixed, or something like that. Then suddenly you’re told you’ve not got long to live, and it’s all too late. The knowledge that you’re going to die soon makes you concentrate on the important things.”

“One part of me would love to go to Japan to see the cherry blossom season one more time, and I’m still hoping to see some more of Britain. The fact is, though, I realise the more important thing is people and my relationships with them. I know it’s not ideal, but at least this way I can leave something behind for the people who are important to me.”