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Our Philosophy

Vivencia translates to the life experiences that shape who a person is and as we share this with our descendants, we create an intergenerational link. We are all here on this earth for a purpose, to pass wisdom on to the next generations, and essentially to become ancestors.

We carry ancestral experiences, and as we intentionally pass down life lessons, the next generation can grow and improve the world around them. This is another way for parents to give their children a better life. They will understand who they are, where they come from, and become aware of how to keep these values alive.

This end of life ceremony of retelling your whole story is not a preparation for death, but rather a celebration of life. 

Our Vision

Everybody has felt the power of holding something special from a loved one who is no longer with us. We want to go a step further and allow that loved one to be with us long after they are gone. Hearing their voice and reading their own words about their life is extremely moving and sentimental. 

Allowing not only our children to know their grandparents better, but the children of our descendants centuries from now. It would be as magical as reading your great grandparents' life story from the 1800s and hearing their voices. 

We're inspired by the thought of a future where it is tradition to preserve and pass down family history in a more meaningful way. We can help connect our descendants to the wisdom of their ancestors.

Our Story

Vivencia was created by Mariana Bandera, who is an Anthropologist & Archaeologist that has an affinity to the past, shaping who we are and who we want to be. She has a deep connection to the ceremony of death throughout all cultures and how memories are preserved. Vivencia was her way of bringing a unique take on how humans can consciously preserve lessons & history with modern tools available. 

After her grandparents introduced her to this concept when they recorded their own life stories, Mariana understood the importance and wanted to help others memorialize their loved ones. More than that she wants to bring a deeper meaning and connection that we have to our past and how we want to prepare for the end of our own lives. The process can bring comfort to anybody that cares how they will be remembered and how they will be included in the future even when they're gone.

Our organization has been creating timeless gift packages for families for years. Through expert experience in interviews and anthropological concepts, we have created a unique way to pull the most important information that can have a lasting effect on how we learn about and remember our past.



Founder & Chief of Interviews

Mariana conducts interviews and produces all content throughout the process. She is an expert in capturing the essence of each story.

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Strategy & Operations

Dylan drives Vivencia's vision forward by supporting the business components needed for the company to touch as many people's lives as possible.

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Dear Reader,


I hope you are inspired to begin your journey of recording your life story, your Vivencia. As we age, it is natural to contemplate how you want to be remembered. At Vivencia, we help you commemorate your life story so that your legacy can leave a lasting impact on future generations. Whether you or a loved one is ready for this experience, we are here to guide you through it.


My upbringing in Mexico City has instilled in me a deep connection to the theory of death. I was 13 when my abuelos realized that they were really starting to age, that they were passing to the age where one starts reflecting and closing the last chapter of their life. They gathered my entire family and took the time to recall and tell their entire life story. They shared their childhood memories, what their mothers and fathers were like, how they fell in love, their experiences with raising children, and most importantly, what life lessons they want to pass down to us. It wasn’t until then, that I realized that my abuelos had a life before me. We captured it and recorded it, and it is the most priceless thing I can pass on to my children. It is a chance for them to understand where they come from. My abuela was the one who taught me that we really only die when you are no longer remembered. This gift changed my life. We know that death is a universal phenomenon that has different cultural expressions. Our mission is to create a better awareness and understanding of our loved ones, our past, our own legacy, and our future generations. This intergenerational event connects us to the circle of life.


We took this experience and modeled it as a service. I am honored to share this with you when you decide to have your life story, your Vivencia, recorded for future generations. Your life story is precious.

                                                                                                                                                                                       With Love,

Mariana Bandera