One we connect with you, one of our researchers will set up a time for an interview – it could be face-to-face or on the phone, depending on your preference and on the availability of an interviewer in your area.  They will also ask you to make yourself a few notes of the ten stories you wish to relate, so that you can readily tell them to us in the interview.

At the designated time, the interviewer will meet you and record your loved one’s stories, as told by them, to you.

The interviewer will then leave you with a small token of our appreciation, and go off to write up your loved one’s ten stories.  They will send you the transcript of those stories, to make sure we have got them right!  You will have an opportunity to edit or correct the transcript.

Once we’ve got the stories straight, we will enter them in our database ANONYMOUSLY.  From this point on, yours and your loved one’s identify will be obscured, and no one will be able to identify you.  We then analyze your stories, along with the stories of all of our other participants, and search for themes and common threads that help us to understand the meanings people are trying to convey with these stories.

Finally, we produce a small booklet with your loved one’s stories for you to keep.  You may also submit pictures to illustrate the stories if you wish, and we will include those as well.  For examples of what these booklets contain, see two examples under The Stories on our website (

We use a qualitative approach to capture your stories using peoples’ own words and the significance they carry. Qualitative research focuses on meaning and value, and does not try to reduce the breadth of human experience to numbers and statistics. Instead, it attempts to capture the richness and variety of different people’s life experiences. Qualitative research is ideally suited to this type of inquiry.

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