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The Gift of Time

Updated: Jun 23, 2022

We're well into December already, and if you're like me, you're feeling a bit frazzled. Staying healthy and keeping our loved ones safe, gift shopping, work deadlines, hiding that pesky elf, and decisions around how to even celebrate the holidays amidst a pandemic--it's enough to throw the towel in on 2020 altogether.

But as one of our past clients perfectly stated after losing their matriarch last month: "The only good side of COVID is it has reminded me of what really is important in life."

So consider this while you're shopping online and prepping the Zoom calls; perhaps the greatest gift that any of us have is TIME. Time to be present. Time to gather, virtually or in person. Time to ask questions and hear their stories.

I dedicate this newsletter to the pictured 17 men and women (and their families), who shared their beautiful, touching, and hilarious stories with us over the past five years and are no longer here. The holidays are tricky when the people we love the most are missing from the table or not even reachable by phone, but I'm relieved that each of these families have a small part of them preserved in a special way.

This holiday season, my wish for all of you is simply more time. More time with your loved ones and the ability to find joy, even in 2020. The new year brings hope (and vaccines!) and there are still many more chapters yet to be written.

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas,

Nora and Team Memoir for Me


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