- Group One: Family and friends she spoke with often during the last five years of her life.
- Group Two: Family, friends, and acquaintances that appeared (in artifacts) at key moments in her life (for example, bridesmaids at her wedding).
- Group Three: Family, friends, and acquaintances that were in everyday activities with her, such as a friend’s birthday or a group picture in the cafeteria.
I began with Group One, which consisted of ten people. I prepared for the interviews by developing a few general, broad questions that would help uncover information about each of the periods of my mother’s life and by calling each person to set up the interview.