Priceless mementos left for loved ones.
IMAGINE receiving a beautifully bound biography from your loved one in their final moments.
Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service clinical psychologist Christopher Martin works with the team at Caloundra Hospital’s Dove Palliative Care Unit to make this a reality for patients and their families.
The Client Biography Legacy Service is an incredible team of volunteers and staff who record memories and life stories of patients before they pass.
Mr Martin said trained volunteers go out and support people to record their stories to later turn into a book.
“The average time is three months from first recording to finished product,” Mr Martin said.
A similar service started by Eastern Palliative Care Association in Victoria and
the idea found its way to the Coast through other staff members about eight years ago.
“I’ve been apart of it for approximately six years and primarily manage the program,” said Mr Martin.
A Wishlist grant has just been approved for further equipment and resources for the service.
“Earlier in the year we took on six new volunteers and this particular grant has been for six new recording devices,” said Mr Martin.
The new recording devices will continue to create lasting memories.
❝ The average time is three months from first recording to finished product
— Christopher Martin
PRICELESS MEMORIES: Christopher Martin, Clinical Psychologist at Specialist Palliative Care Service Caloundra Hospital.