Rating: 4.96 stars   51 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 113 W. Mission St. Santa Barbara CA 93101 USA

Mission: The services that LifeChronicles provides were inspired by an experience of our founder, Kate Carter. A recently widowed friend of Kate was diagnosed with cancer and told she had a short time to live. Kate was concerned that her friend's three children would lose the memories of their father and mother. This concern inspired Kate to speak to her friend about making a video to deliver messages of love, sharing her stories and passing on advice for the future. Although Kate's friend passed before they had a chance to tape her, from this experience LifeChronicles was born. Through videotaping individuals and families across the country, LifeChronicles strives to preserve the memory and essence of individuals, to tell the stories that could have gone untold and to solidify the bonds between people. With the help of our youth volunteers, LifeChronicles has served over 1,200 families in 38 states and 250 cities who have found a need for our video-recordings in a variety of similar situations.
Results: We are now creating a certification program after requests from major medical and hospice institutions wishing to be trained to provide our experience and expertise so their patients will have a LifeChronicle whenever needed.
Target demographics: families heal and connect
Direct beneficiaries per year: families across the United States.
Geographic areas served: Everywhere
Programs: by videotaping an elderly family member or a seriously ill loved one.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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 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!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Shock and awe. Yes that described my feelings after I watched a Life Chronicle video of someone I thought I knew! I was shocked that this woman had accomplished so much in her shortened life after personal tragedies I was not aware of and in awe of the positive impact she had on numerous human beings with her love of God and human beings from all walks of life. The video is inspirational..

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Rating: 3 stars  

My experience with the LifeChronicles people was excellent. They are very professional and dedicated to their craft. Great follow-thru! Very good to work with! I speak from experience as Chairman and CEO (ret.) of one of the country's oldest and best known company's. I dealt with professionals who were in charge of our print and t.v. advertising.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Life Chronicles videoed my life partner, Daphne, one year before she died of cancer. Daphne had Alzheimer's, and we assumed that that would be the disease that impaired her ability to speak in the future about her life. Life Chronicles provided us with a cogent and comprehensive overview of a brilliant and talented artist who was able to leave an invaluable legacy for her children, grandchildren, and for me. Kate Carter was sensitive and knowledgeable in her interviewing, and her high-school-aged videographers were extremely insightful in creating a visual record of Daphne's spoken words and a comprehensive visual array of her artwork. I treasure this unique and captivating video.

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It is a bittersweet experience on the anniversary of my partner's death to view the wonderful video of her life provided by Life Chronicles. This video captures the significant highlights of Daphne's life and provides me with a memento that I can view at any time.

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I wouldn't change a thing about Life Chronicles. I feel as though they are doing an outstanding job and that they have an admirable track record.

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