Losing a loved one in death is a stress unlike any other. Unexpectedly losing someone integral to your world is life altering. Losing his mother helped Bryan Renslow build Living Family History. Bryan considers the greatest treasury that mankind has ever made is our human value, the experiences that we create as we live each day. When he lost his mother, he didn’t want the value of who she was to leave so he felt it necessary to build Living Family History, which saves that value. Bryan explains what they do is save any media that you have of those whom you love. You can create galleries of photos, videos, audios or documents and save those within Living Family History which you can pass on from generation to generation.
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Living Family History: Saving The Value Of Human Lives with Bryan Renslow
I came across my guest, Bryan Renslow, when I read something that he said, and it brought me goosebumps. He said, “Losing a loved one in death is a stress unlike any other, enough is enough. I lost my mother. Unexpectedly losing someone that integral to your world is life altering.” I have to tell you that I invited him here because my life dramatically changed in 1996 when my mother died. Everything in my life shifted and changed. I wanted Bryan to come here because I agree, enough is enough. I also want Bryan to talk with us about how we need to pay attention and value human lives. Bryan, welcome to Heartrepreneur Radio.
Terri, glad to be here.
Tell us a moment or two of your story. What happened? Your mom passes away unexpectedly, what happened to you?
Funerals are a numbing experience. You forged through it. Afterwards you’ve got to live life. Life’s fast. During those quiet times, I was trying to recall my mother’s voice in my mind’s eye. It was getting difficult. It was fading away. I started to look to see what I had of her voice recorded. Unfortunately, the only thing I had was the answering machine. That ten seconds became a family treasure. That’s what got me going. It woke me up. That was the reality that helped me to build Living Family History.
I’m relating to this as you’re saying it. Our whole process with funerals is numbing. I remember that I didn’t have anything with my mother’s voice recorded. Even her answering machine was done with my dad’s voice. I lost the ability to hear her voice and was feeling mortified about it. The joy that I got is that my mother’s younger sister sounds like her and laughs like her. I still call my aunt’s answering machine because it sounds like my mom. Talk to me about the work that you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and how this is serving and helping people.
I’m a people person and I’ve considered the greatest treasury that mankind has ever made is our human value. The experiences that we create as we live each day. Unfortunately, of the 60 to 120 billion people that have lived on this earth, we have historical data on somewhere around 1%. We’ve lost so much value. When I lost my mother, I didn’t want the value of who she was to leave. I didn’t want it to be stuck in a memory that I had that diminishes day by day. I felt that it was necessary to build Living Family History, which says that value.
Tell us about Living Family History. What does that mean and how can people make use of that?
What we do is we save any media that you have of those whom you love. You can create galleries of photos, videos, audios or documents. You can save those within the literally family history. What’s nice about it is that you can pass it from generation to generation because we’re more than what we have become in just the years that we’ve been alive. There’s been a group of family and loved ones that came before us and their experiences of life added to ours and help us become who we are.
I love the idea of being able to have something to pass on to generations. I have some of my great nieces and great nephews who never had the joyful experience of knowing my mom and their great grandma. They say to me all the time, “Tell me about grandma. Tell me this and show me this.” It would be such a wonderful thing to be able to have this Living Family History to pass generations. It’s brilliant. Bryan, it’s a real tribute to the other person at the same time.
I have to go back to the value, what my mother, was and how she impacted our family. It can’t be lost. You just can’t do that. For the family members that are coming that haven’t even been born yet, they can enjoy and become a richer person by visiting that value.
What happens? Somebody goes over to Living Family History and then what?
We have a 30-day free offer. We’ve never done that before so it’s a great time to do that. Once you get into the private site, it’s very much like a gated community. We’ve done that because we value our privacy and we value the data that we have as a human being. We don’t want to put that out there to the world to have and to see. We are a social media site. Within your gated community, you can invite and collaborate with anyone you want to build that richer database of who your loved ones are. There’ll be no advertising within the site. There’ll be no data mining within the site. No big brother spying within the site. We’re the same as Facebook, although we’re private. We run on a subscription basis as opposed to the free Facebook business plan.
I love the privacy fact. Yes, it’s a social media site. Facebook does maintain a site that way by constantly putting ads in front of us. There’s some with the data mining and the spying and all of that. We’re keeping our family alive, sharing it with the people we want to share it with, and therefore it’s a private subscriptions. I’ve never heard of anything like this. How did you come up with this, Bryan?
I really can’t answer that. It’s something that’s floated around in my head. It just came out.
Sometimes those are the best things and the best ideas. Something comes and what you did is you took action on it. I believe people have great ideas all the time and many don’t do anything with them. Thank you for doing that. What kinds of people are coming and resonating so far with Living Family History?
There’s always at least one member within a family that takes the lead with the history of your family and saving data. We’re appealing to them. The patriarchs and the matriarchs of the families also realize the value. What we’re seeing is that their bank rolling the site but they don’t want to be involved in the Internet. It’s something they don’t want to do. They delegate that to whoever this member or members of the family are and they begin to archive the data. That’s how it’s worked at this point.
What are you doing to spread word? I love to hear how different people get the word out there about what they’re doing. How are people discovering Living Family History?
We’ve just started, Terri. Your program here is something that we’ve definitely targeted. We’re bootstrapping this and the best bang for the buck is podcasting and radio shows. I can get my message to your community and that is something that is highly valuable to me. That’s where I am right now.
I want to tell you why I podcast. This is for the listeners too, because I don’t talk about this very much. I’m not podcasting to “get more clients” or more prospects, or more leads. I’m podcasting to give back. The world of business has been great to me over the years. I’ve been successful in all of my businesses. I know there are a lot of people out there who have a wonderful message and a wonderful service like Bryan does. They need a forum to connect the right service with the right community.
We here at Heartrepreneur Radio, we’ve got a great community. We’ve got amazing listeners and people who dig our show. I looked for people like Bryan who are doing something heart-based in the world. That’s going to make a difference and want to make sure that our community knows about it and the word gets out. Thanks for bringing that up, Bryan. I don’t think I’ve ever discussed that in all of these episodes. I appreciate that. Where can people go at this point? What action do you want them to take so that they can actually make the connection with Living Family History?
You need to start at LivingFamilyHistory.com. Once you get there and you’re on the homepage, you’ll be able to take advantage of the 30 day-free offer. As you scroll down on the homepage, there’s a button, Click to Learn More. There are a couple of videos of why Living Family History has been born. Some aspects also on some additional things within the blog. On the top, you can read about us and you can contact me. I’d love to hear your perspective on the site. If you feel that we could add something or something in there that you feel needs improvement, use of contact function and I’ll answer you. I’d love that.
I’m going to say to the audience, go over, and take a look LivingFamilyHistory.com. You can hear how open Bryan is to receive. This is so heart-based and such a beautiful Heartrepreneur-based business. I have a feeling you’ll be doing something wonderful for your families, for generation to generation. Bryan, thank you so much for joining me at Heartrepreneur Radio.
Thank you so much, Terri.
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