Vignettes Project

"Vignettes" is a pilot program at Kateri that seeks to create a tool for sharing images with residents in end-of-life care in a way that may help them reflect meaningfully on their lives with the intent of easing psychological, physical, and spiritual pain for themselves, their families, and care taking staff.

Initially, this is a small program starting with five residents and their families.  Participation simply involves providing Kateri with 25-50 images (digital or print) from the resident’s history, partaking in a sharing activity involving the images with the resident, and a brief informal interview about the experience.  With the understanding the family images can be personal, this project would only involve them for clinical and academic use.

This project is being produced in conjunction with a graduate student, Aaron Cansler, for his masters program at Parsons The New School For Design, as part of a larger body of work exploring healthy aging.  We are very excited to see the positive impact on all involved, and appreciate your participation in the pilot.


How do I get photos to you? Do I get my prints back?

Yes, you will absolutely get your printed photos back.  Printed photos can be left with Quality of Life Coordinator Cassie Robinson during a visit to Kateri.  They will be scanned and a high resolution copy will be sent to you in case you would like to make prints yourself.

If you’re photos are already digital, they can easily be mailed to

What is the time commitment?

Any additional questions?

As a family member or friend, your time commitment will be minimal.  Beyond providing photos, you may be asked to test the sharing tool with the resident during the course of one of your visits to them at Kateri.  This is meant to be enjoyable process for both of you, built around sharing the resident’s story.