Mothers, fathers, grandparents and caregivers have all inspired the completed reminisart collages below (shared with permission). We hope the stories behind the building of these collages help you to create your own.
Barbara: A twin and mom of five boys
It was a challenge for Barbara Thompson’s son to choose a mix of photos that would balance her youth growing up with a twin sister and her life as a beautiful woman and mom managing five handsome men (six, if you count her husband).
"It’s amazing... way more powerful and thoughtful." — Barbara's son
Barbara just celebrated her 91st birthday, and lives with Alzheimer’s. Studies have shown that, in cognitive decline, the memories from someone’s teens and twenties remain the strongest. This informed the choice of photos. We included the recent family photo to give context to Barbara’s life in the present.
Many of Barbara's caregivers knew her story, and, to their delight, when the collage arrived, those stories came to life. Now their voices, her living legacy, and the vibrant green of her reminisart bring joy into Barbara’s room every day.
About the barn: Barbara’s son had settled on 8 final photos when he found a reproduction of the beloved farm painting done by a family friend. It was Barbara’s favourite place, so our clever designer gave it a prominent position and used a portion, out of focus, for the background. It’s a reminisart team favourite!
Mary: Our prototype darling
Mary is the grandmother of one of the graphic artists who helped design our first collection. She has the most beautiful smile, the sweetest beau, and loves to dress up to go out! We created collages from her black and white photos, and also collages of newer colour photos.
"We were very excited to present the collage to our grandmother. She discussed each photo with us with a smile, reflecting back on her life and meaningful moments. She's always proud to display photos of her family; with this collage she can showcase pieces of her own story." — Mary's granddaughter
The feedback from Mary's granddaughter is a ringing testimonial of exactly why we do what we do.
Paul: The big reveal
This is Paul Flinn: father of five, grandfather of 12.
Paul moved into long-term care in Halifax in the spring of 2020, a week before lockdown. His wife waited 64 days to see him.
We worked with his daughter in Toronto to create a reminisart for Paul. Every photo offers something for family, care partners, or visitors to talk about.
When we sent Paul’s collage to Halifax, the whole Flinn family gathered* for an unveiling to celebrate their beloved dad, husband, and grandpa — his adventures, his accomplishments, and the wonderful person he is.
Paul's wife sent a touching note: "I just want to thank you for doing such a fine job of making Paul’s reminisart. It is the real focal point in Paul’s room. It has already done what it is supposed to do: initiated conversation and reminiscing.”
His family says he looks at his reminisart a lot. We couldn't be happier, and wish them all the very, very best.
*in their bubble
Paying tribute to those who look after your loved ones
If you are part of your community’s Residents' Association, or a Designated Family Caregiver, a prominently-placed reminisart that honours the care team will let them know how much they are valued.
These images are stock photos (pre-COVID). Imagine a reminisart filled with pictures of all the wonderful people in your home!