Price­less me­men­tos left for loved ones.

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Carly Cullen [email protected]­

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.

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