Sample Conversations

Life after 60

Conversation 1 – Family and Background


“You don’t choose your family.  They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”  ~ Desmond Tutu

“Family faces are magic mirrors.  Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.”  ~ Gail Lumet Buckley

Questions for Sharing

  • Where were you born and raised?
  • What was your community like?
  • In what communities did your parents grow up?
  • What kind of work did your parents do?
  • Who was in your family?
  • What was growing up in your family like?
  • What are some of your memories of childhood?
  • What traditions have been passed down in your family?
  • Who were your favorite and least favorite relatives?
  • What are classic stories, jokes, or songs from your family?
  • What are some “sayings” you remember from your mother or father?
  • What memories do you have of family activities?

Beyond Conversation 1


Write down some of your family history and memories that you would like to pass down to future generations.

Conversation 2 – Thankfulness


“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of thanksgiving.”  ~ W. T. Purkiser

“Gratitiude is the best attitude.”  ~ Author Unknown

“Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.”  ~ Author Unknown

Questions for Sharing

  • If you were writing a letter to someone for whom you are thankful, who would you write and what would you say?
  • In what places have you lived?  What place did you enjoy the most?
  • What do you miss about places you have lived?  Is there anything you do not miss?
  • About what in your life do you like to reminisce?
  • What was one of the happiest moments of your life?
  • What other memories bring you pleasure?
  • What changes are happening in your life?
  • With what stereotypes of aging do you agree or disagree?
  • Who has blessed your life and helped to make you who you are?
  • What transitions in living arrangements do you anticipate or have you already made?
  • What have you learned from your past that helps you live for today?

Beyond Conversation 2


Write a note or letter of thanks to someone who has been important to you in your life.

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