As I write down questions for my mother’s interview, I feel like I was in a minor groove, or perhaps in an illusion of one. Due to the fact that I know the basics of my mother’s story, I feel more comfortable creating questions. At the same time, I am writing several questions for my other interviews. Not knowing who I will meet and what stories they will have, I naturally have fewer questions. On one hand, I am looking forward to meeting these people and learning from their stories. On the other hand, I am nervous.
I have conducted interviews before, once for an English paper on the relationship between humans and animals. For this, I talked with my dad about his experience growing up with a lot of animals back in the Philippines. This flow of this interview is what I expect in my mom’s interview about her experience caring for her mother from afar. The other time I conducted an interview was for the peer writing consulting class. While I didn’t, know much about my peer, the conversation was pretty casual and questions came to me pretty easily
The main difference between these past interviews and the ones I will have soon is the subject: end of life care. It is more serious, and it will require a bit of vulnerability and trust from the interviewees. One of my fears is that no one will be willing to meet with me. The other is that I will not conduct the interviewees sensitively enough. Are there any specific things I could do to uphold respect during these interviews? Right now, I hope that others can trust me through the process. At the same time, I should also maintain trust in the process and the flow of the interviews.