When I was diagnosed with terminal cancer, I was very apprehensive about any legacy planning, but as the father of 3.5 and 1.5 year old girls, I knew it was something I had to do. Kate and her team were referred to us by the social workers at Dana Farber Cancer Center. From the moment I first spoke with her, she really eased my concerns about the whole process, reassured me that I was doing the right thing, and gave my wife and I a very good overview of the whole process. She came today to interview me and my family and friends, and after she left we all commented on how it was not sad or depressing at all, but affirming of the life I've led, the life I hope to lead, and the life my wife and children will lead after I die. Words really cannot express how much of a comfort this was to me, and also just how incredibly professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate Kate was.
I cannot thank Kate Cater and everyone involved with Life Chronicles enough.She came out to my house and was able to create an amazing video for us. My wife was in the final stages of her fight with brain cancer. The way she interviewed the family and captured that day will never be forgotten. Thanks to all of you from the bottom of my heart.
In 2002 I had the great pleasure of meeting Kate Carter. For the next 10 years I had the privilege to work with Life Chronicles by referring families with a child battling cancer to the amazing services they offer. Never did I once think that I would ever be placed in a position where I would use Life Chronicales in my own personal life. In October 2015 that changed. My dad was diagnosed with terminal, Stage 4 Neuroendocrine cancer. After the reality of my dads diagnoses set in I immediately called Kate and asked her to do a video for my family. I explained the process to my parents and they loved the idea. We were set. Kate came to their home in LA and taped my father with both my kids, my mom, my husband and myself. There are not enough words to describe what this video means to us. My parents watched it together many times before my dad passed five months after his diagnoses. I watched it after he passed. Seeing my dad, hearing his voice, listening to his laugh and knowing I will always be able to see and hear him have brought me so much comfort. When the memory of my dad passes my children will now alway remember how their grandfather looked and sounded before he got sick thanks to Life Chronicles. I am grateful beyond words for the service they provide. They are keeping memories alive and close to the heart of loved ones.
My friends Pete and Linda (not their real names) were dealing with Pete battling cancer. I told them about Life Chronicles and they were a bit leery of having a video done. What would they say? How awkward would it be? His voice was changed due to the cancer...maybe they should wait to do the video until "later". They decided to go ahead and do it, after talking with Kate at Life Chronicles. Kate came to their home in the Los Angeles area and spent several hours with them. They put together a beautiful video of all the responses of Pete, Linda, and their kids. Fast forward 8 months. The unthinkable has happened. Pete just passed away due to the cancer. His memorial service will be on Monday of next week. Linda is using three brief segments of the video that Kate made. This will be such a reminder of Pete's humor and his wonderful way of relating to people. We will all be so blessed to have this reminder of this man we love. Oh yes...one segment is of how thankful he is to his parents. (They are in their 90's and are having a very hard time with his death.) They were shown this segment and it is helping them to deal with his untimely death.
If you're thinking of making such a video...just DO IT! Pete, Linda and their family couldn't be more thankful that they did!
Our family has had the wonderful exposure to Life Chronicles through the taping of my sister (for her 80th birthday celebration!) and mys ister in law (age 87 - for a family reunion). We found every aspect of the experience to go beyond our fondest hopes and dreams. Both older women were hesitant at first... yet, within minutes, Kate and her crew had them totally relaxed, confident, even eager to share their lives' experiences. Having DVDs made was also a positive experience. Oscar was patient, extremely competent, and we were not easy! Through countless moves, my sister was pretty much "pictureless.". After a desperate call to family members we were able to collect enough images to augment the DVD. Because they came in in dribbles, Oscar sat with me on eight occasions... never complaining, always agreeable to yet another addition. He is a honey! I cannot recommend them highly enough.
A year before our daughter died of cancer, Life Chronicles came and interviewed Terri and made a DVD which they gave to her husband when she died. The night before her funeral, David played the DVD for all the family - and it turned out to be a first step in healing, for seeing and hearing Terri allowed almost everyone to share a special memory, have a cry, laugh a little... Then when my husband and I celebrated our 50th Anniversary, David arranged to play the DVD that Terri addressed to us, her parents. So while she wasn't with us in person, this wonderful recording allowed us once again to see her and hear her voice. Now Terri has a 1-year old granddaughter - and one thing Terri had said as to why she wanted to make the DVD was that someday she wanted her grandchildren to know who Terri Gray was. And now little Felicity will be able to when she is older.
I so appreciate this wonderful ministry and the caring people, especially Kate Carter, who travel all over to help families during the worst of times. Thank you Life Chronicles.
What Kate and her team do is provide healing, comfort and strength in an area that we all need, but few want to discuss, or know how to deal with, death. She is a beautiful example of strength, compassion and conviction in her mission for all of us to keep the beautiful memory alive of those we love.
In February of 2011 my late wife Rachel was diagnosed with AML. Rachel reached out to Kate to inquire about LifeChronicles service. Kate happened to be "near town" that day and made a special trip to meet Rachel at our home and film her (she even postponed a flight). The service that Kate and team provides is priceless. I have two young children and can not wait to share the video of their mother's story with them in her own voice. Thank you Kate for your compassion and the tremendous service you provide to families who are losing a loved one.
As a vlounteer with Life Chronicles I’v enjoyed, and learned something different on every assist I made with Kate Carter. Kate and her staff are prompt to respond to an immediate need and for the life of me I really don’t know how she does what she does, expect to say this is Kate’s “life’s work “ and it is from her heart. I might have been the elder of volunteers for Life Chronicles as I started around 60 yrs old. I had to let go of that volunteer work because of health problems that I now face. I have been diagnosed with a rare brain disease that there is no cure and now almost 64 years old was to call first on the list is my friend Kate Carter !
I am certain that Life Chronicles will not disappoint you and will excel beyond your wildest expectations from Kate Carter.....Thank you again Kate for the work you do for so many! God Bless You!
The service and final product that Kate and her staff provide is invaluable. It's worth noting that Kate made it all very comfortable. On our recording day, Kate immediately set an easy-going tone, allowing my wife and I to express ourselves freely while on camera.
I am forever grateful to Kate and her team for this gift.