Hospice Biographers


Giving you the opportunity to record your voice as a lasting legacy for your family and loved ones

Since November 2017, St Leonard’s Hospice has been working in partnership with the Hospice Biographers national charity to offer patients the opportunity to make an audio recording for their families and friends to listen to. A range of St Leonard’s Hospice staff and volunteers undertook specialist training to enable them to work with patients to prepare a recording - whether they want to record a full biography, a few special memories or a short message for loved ones. 

The recording is focused on what the patient wants; some people choose to be interviewed on record by their biographer, some prefer to plan and deliver their own thoughts without questions being asked, many wish to record specific messages for loved ones and family members. As with everything at the Hospice, the patients’ needs are at the heart of the process. 

Frances Pantin, Occupational Therapist, leads the hospice biography project at St Leonard’s and is a Hospice Biographer. She has seen interest in the new service grow very quickly, “When we discuss hospice biographies with patients they usually start by saying that they’re just ordinary people and don’t have anything interesting to record, but to us there is no such thing as an ordinary person. Every life is extraordinary and it is our privilege to work with people to record that”.

Patients are given the opportunity to give feedback after they have made their recording. All have said that they would recommend having an audio biography made to their friends and family. Their comments about the experience reflect not only the value of adding to the legacy that they can leave for their loved ones, but also the significance to themselves of making the recording.

To find out more, download the Hospice Biographers leaflet here