Many of us yearn for meaningful family connections in our high tech, fast paced world. The chance to hear the stories from our loved ones in their own voices is an incredible gift, which grows in value as time marches on.
Many of us – from seniors to millennials – want to share in these experiences, revive the feelings, and preserve the memories. At My Gift My Story, we help people move beyond simply thinking about and wanting those treasured interactions to actually capturing and preserving the moments.
What We Do
We interview, record and preserve life stories and memories for families and future generations.
We conduct personalized interviews in a comfortable, open and candid environment. Questions are designed to prompt a dialogue so that you may tell your stories in your own words, in your own way. Our approach is relaxed and conversational so that your true personality comes through.
Your final product will be a professionally edited audio recording that is saved on a My Gift My Story USB drive and presented in our keepsake gift packaging. The audio file is also temporarily available in a password protected, secure environment for sharing with friends and family. Download instructions are included at the end of the project.
We also help educate people about the importance of capturing personal histories. Our team is available to conduct onsite seminars on the value and urgency of preserving life stories.
Our presentations explore multiple format options, including written memoirs, videos, and scrapbooks, as well as audio recordings. We also provide guidance and resources available to help with the process.
Contact us to schedule a presentation at your retirement home or your community, club or religious meeting place.
Who We Are
Pat Durrett is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), recently retired from Duke University Hospital. She has more than 30 years of experience prompting clients to tell their stories and listening compassionately, without judgment, to the stories they tell.
Jeannette Durrett’s professional background is in marketing and business project management. In recent years, she has devoted many hours and much heart into volunteer work at UNC Children’s Hospital, in her church, and in the community.
Both Pat and Jeannette believe passionately in the value of preserving family and community stories.
As an adult, I interviewed my father, who disclosed meaningful information about his family and his past that shifted my understanding of my own identity. This gave me the chance to know my father not just as a parent, but as a whole person. I'm forever grateful for the time, the special insights, the open storytelling, and especially for the deeper bond created between me and my Dad.
I deeply regret that I didn’t take the opportunity to learn more about my dear grandmother’s life from when she was a child and a young adult. This special woman had a strong positive influence on me and helped shape the woman I am today. I wish I had a better understanding of what influences helped make my grandmother the generous loving woman she became.
Guided by our own personal experiences and the countless stories people have shared, we firmly believe every person has a story that’s worth hearing, sharing, and preserving. We are committed to helping families do just that.
Pat and her father circa 1945
Jeannette's Grandmother circa 1958