Last week I spent three days with a team from a specialist residential care home. They created digital stories about things that mattered to them: families, patients, why they love working with people who have dementia. Their stories were funny, painful, moving.
Here are some of the things they said:
‘I’ve never told that story before. Sharing it has given me a sense of release.’
‘It’s been good to laugh and cry together. It’s brought us closer as a team.’
‘It’s been so therapeutic.’
I was reminded of the words of Jean Vanier:
‘People reach greater maturity as they find the freedom to be themselves and to claim, accept and love their own personal story, with all its brokenness and its beauty.’
It’s reassuring that there is a growing body of research to support what we’ve known for many years: writing from the heart really can help you feel better – and that’s got to be good for all of us.