About Lauren Befus

Lauren is an award-winning journalist and writer and founder of Memory Lane Jane Life Storytellers. With more than 20 years of writing, editing, interviewing and public speaking experience (Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Family Magazine, WOOD TV8, Natural Awakenings, Mercy Health, The Daily News, The Vineyard Church), Lauren brings a depth of skill and breadth of experience to telling your life story.

Veterans Day Giveaway

2020-11-12T16:01:21+00:00November 11th, 2020|

Do you have a veteran in your life who you would like to honor by preserving their military story? Now is your chance! Memory Lane Jane is giving away a free hour of interview and transcription to one lucky winner this Saturday! Put your veteran's name in the comments below or send me an email at lauren@memorylanejane.com through this Saturday, [...]

Introducing Larry Hood

2020-11-12T16:04:55+00:00November 9th, 2020|

  It's one of my favorite weeks! Veterans Day is this Wednesday and I couldn't be more excited to introduce you to some of the veterans I've had the privilege of interviewing. I'll be sharing a new story on video every day this week! Today, meet Larry Hood, veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division. His stories [...]

A Night Spent Remembering

2020-11-07T13:16:53+00:00October 23rd, 2020|

Rarely, if ever, do we take the time to sit down and reflect on our lives together with our family members. Earlier this month, I had the privilege of sitting with three siblings for over three hours to collect memories for their parents’ life story book. We talked through the great, the good, the bad, and the ugly. It was such [...]

Dad’s Fudge Recipe: The Holiday Gift that Keeps on Giving

2020-11-12T16:19:33+00:00October 22nd, 2020|

Everyone loved Ken Cole's fudge. "Dad loved to bake and he was so good at it," said Cole's daughter Kristin Dykstra. "We looked forward to his fudge every Christmas." When Cole was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer at the age of 66 in 2018, and only given months to live, Dykstra decided to partner with Memory Lane Jane [...]

The Power of Storytelling

2020-09-30T14:04:26+00:00September 30th, 2020|

Have you had the opportunity to check out Humans of New York? For the past ten years, Brandon Stanton has been giving his followers (more than 20 million on social media) daily glimpses into the lives of strangers on the streets of New York City and all over the world. His most recent storytelling project, "Tattletales from Tanqueray," chronicles the [...]

Sharing Memories

2020-09-30T13:49:10+00:00September 27th, 2020|

"It felt good to be able to remember and to have the opportunity to share about our friend." Last week I had the privilege of meeting with four women to share memories about their dear friend who passed away suddenly several years ago. I am working on a life story book for their friend's husband. We are also retelling his [...]

Precious Letters

2020-09-24T15:19:37+00:00September 24th, 2020|

These are some of the letters my life story client sent right before his brother was shipped out to fight in the Vietnam War. “I don’t envy you or anybody that’s over there, but I really admire you. At least one can give a sigh of relief that it’s for one year.” His brother was killed within 30 days. [...]

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