Discovering a Hidden Memoir – A Heartfelt Journey

December 132 (Small)

I recently converted a video tape for a lady who lost her husband to cancer.

It was not a funeral slideshow but a documented memoir, recorded on a video tape. The video tape was a Hi8 tape, discovered by the lady, who was going to throw the tape out but, noticed her daughters’ name on the tape, “Message to Millie”.

Frantically, she wanted to get the video tape converted, to see what was on it.

I converted the video tape and it was filled with lots of memories, compiled by a very passionate and loving father. He had heaps of advice as well as poems he wrote, which he sung on his guitar for his daughter. I was so impressed at how he used his last few months or more, in his journey to rekindle and share his hopes and dreams in an attempt to motivate and inspire his daughter. It was only half an hour long but it was so touching because it gave hope and love to his family.

What a wonderful memory to have and although the tape was meant to be ongoing, it just ended. It will be sad for his family to see it but you know what, they will have a wonderful memory of the person whom did not worry about what would happen to him, but instead wanted to give hope, love and support to his family to carry on.

It gave me great joy to do this project as it also made me realize how precious life is, not just to us but to those left behind to carry on.

About Alison Laverty

Alison Laverty is a Singapore born Eurasian of Portuguese descent. Specialising in multimedia, Alison creates photo slideshows and video production for families and businesses. Her mission is to help people honour life by celebrating and recognising their achievements through photographic and video memories. Alison is currently writing her forthcoming book of memoirs "The Human Touch - A Story About Connections".