Legacy Writing

Capture the memories.

Create a legacy.

legacy: handed down from the past

Elder Legacy Writing

Imagine not capturing your family's history before saying goodbye. Sadly, this happens to many families every day. 

RL Kyle Consulting is proud to partner with The Terrace at Courtenay Springs to offer residents and their families a personalized experience designed to capture memories and create a beautiful legacy.

for elders and their families

After losing both her mother and her grandmother within two years, Robin began thinking about how she could use her 30+ years of writing experience and instruction to help other families facing the winter season of life.  

This guided writing program pairs an elder resident with a family member in a small group setting. Weekly guided writing with carefully selected questions helps us capture your family stories.

As elders share their stories, family members write them. Our founder, Robin, acts as your guide throughout the process.

Family members, do you have a favorite pen and/or notebook? Bring them!  

Residents who enjoy writing/journaling and can write on their own are encouraged to attend.

grayscale photography of human hands
grayscale photography of human hands

Learn more about this program in a short video coming soon. 

For years, our founder, Robin,  sat with her grandmother as her grandmother's memory faded. Though she no longer knew who the younger woman was, she joyfully shared her stories with "the one that reminded her of her granddaughter, Robin."

Many days, there was little conversation, just a quiet few hours sitting together. When there was conversation, it was often difficult, leaving Robin feeling sad at not being able to communicate with this woman she had spent much of her life with.  

Robin often thought her grandmother could no longer understand or could not respond until the day an observant caregiver suggested that the problem wasn't understanding but rather hearing. She suggested using notes.

Digging into her bag, Robin found a purple marker and asked for a few pieces of paper. Game changers!

The Purple Marker Project

for memory care residents and their families

We're proud to partner with The Terrace at Courtenay Springs to offer memory care families an opportunity to write with their loved ones, collecting and preserving what they can. Weekly writing sessions in a very small group setting will be offered.  

This guided writing program pairs a memory care resident and a family member as we capture stories prompted by selected questions. Our founder, Robin, acts as your guide throughout the process. 

As elders share their stories, family members listen, (record?), and write.  

Family members, do you have a favorite pen and/or notebook? Bring them!  

Written conversations became lasting memories of a final season.
How the project began

You are not alone.

  • How do I fix this?

  • Why is she so angry?

  • How do I reach him?

  • This can't be happening.

  • Why doesn't she know me?

  • Why does he push me away? 

  • How can I bring him/her back? 

  • I miss my mom, dad, grandmother, grandfather...

  • I feel so sad. Lost. Overwhelmed. Confused... Alone.

  • Why does she ask the same thing over and over again?

Sad to see you go

family member support

Understanding what's happening to our loved ones as their memories fade is challenging. Accepting it? Even more. 

Support is essential. 

Our founder watched as her mom struggled with her own mother's dementia, which began deepening in 2015. The smiles hid the loss and pain filling the room.  

Sad to See You Go is a writing program for loved ones working through grief.

Aging. Loss. A loved one in memory care, time in hospice, and the days following a death are all entry points into this quiet, reflective writing program designed to support family members.

Writing supplies and guiding questions are provided, but family members are invited to bring a favorite pen and/or notebook. 

person's hand in shallow focus
person's hand in shallow focus
Word by word, let's capture the memories.