- Jennifer Siripong and Anika Chabra both realized the importance of preserving their family histories.
- Sara Diament didn’t start thinking about how she would maintain her family’s heritage and Jewish culture until her mother died.
While she had some knowledge, she claims she lost her mother’s major life stories and experiences.
Diament, a 41-year-old mother of three said, “It’s painful since I don’t have anything that I had captured.” “It’s sad because I often think to myself, ‘I wish I had asked her this question,’ or ‘I wish I had known a little bit more about her childhood.'”
Diament began using Root & Seed, a phone app, at that time. The app delivers conversation prompts to help people delve deeper into their family history and experiences through chats. Users can also record their talks and save them to their profiles.
She is been using the app to capture her father, Joe Diament’s, stories, so his memories don’t fade away. Telling his memories, according to the 78-year-old grandfather, has been gratifying for him as well.
“In a way, I feel nostalgic because I start thinking about things I haven’t thought about in a long time. On the other hand, I’m relieved that these items have been preserved and will not be lost forever, “he stated
“It’s comforting to know that the past is something we should always remember, that this is where we came from. Regrettably But, unfortunately, a large number of people have lost touch with their roots. And [the app] will make sure that doesn’t happen.”
Siripong believes it might be difficult to have serious talks with family at times, so the app includes conversation starters in four categories: cuisine, traditions, celebrations, and stories. Users can swipe through the cards to locate critical questions and choose whether to jot down the answers or record the chat after selecting the category.
The app can be accessed in two ways: an adult asking an adult a question or a child asking an adult a question. Conversations are maintained on your profile, or you can download the audio files when they are asked and recorded.
Source: CBC News
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