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Healing with Pictures

I wanted to share an idea of what we can do with pictures of our loved ones. Nancy Gershman, a digital artist, creates meaningful portraits from photos, memories and stories that we think about every day. Here is a sample of her work:

DREAMSCAPE PHOTOMONTAGE: Myrtle pays homage to the memory of her twin and keeps a promise to her sister. As long as she lives she will keep her nephew - who is a trucker - safe on the road.


I know Nancy's work and I’ve seen how she captures the entire essence of a person and the real truth about their character, their passions and their mission in life.

What Nancy does is digest all these photos, memories and stories until they re-emerge as a holistic portrait of the person you love. You see your father, sister, or beloved poodle, thoughtfully placed into a beautiful legacy portrait for you, but also for generations to come. The end result is that her artwork makes you smile or even laugh.

For the 30 - 60 minutes you spend with her by phone, she delivers a meaningful, heartfelt fine art photomontage in the form of an 8 x 10 print (or enlargement). She can also upload the artwork so you can make something to wear or display (photoblanket, photo-purse, photo trivet, etc.) -- however you want to keep that loved one close by.

I encourage you to view the documentary on Nancy Gershman’s work.

You can visit her website: www.artforyoursake.com/healing. She has provided us with her phone number: 773-255-4677 (EST) or you can email her: nancy@artforyoursake.com

Let me know if you have any questions.




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    Posted by Jill Bollman on August 30, 2016 at 12:12am

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    Posted by Copper "Charlie" on August 24, 2016 at 9:00pm

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    Today I want to just pack up and run away. I want to go somewhere where no one knows me or knew him. Where I can try and enjoy 5 minutes of life without the reminder that he isn't here with me. He was loved by so many and so many want to honor him and remember him, that everything is about him. I am still so entrenched into his family, which is a blessing and a curse. I helped his mother plan and do a baby shower for his sister-in-law. They kept calling me aunty. T-shirts were made with his…


    Posted by Stephanie Dennocenzo on August 23, 2016 at 9:06am

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    I remember you telling me not to tell your side of the family anything that went on with my brother.  Just to tell them that he's fine or I don't know.  I was like in 3rd grade when you did that. …


    Posted by Copper "Charlie" on August 20, 2016 at 6:20am — 2 Comments

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    One part of me wails and screams and sobs uncontrollably for my husband because I am so empty without him. There is no peace in that part of me. Another part has an unwavering faith. A wordless knowledge and complete understanding of all the reasons why, how, where, what... There is faith and peace within this part… Continue

    Posted by Copper "Charlie" on August 20, 2016 at 12:19am

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    Part of me has died. He is gone and won't be back. I've been with him for nearly half of my life and we have always been together.  Now we are not.  What am I supposed to do?

    I am able to drag myself to work and home again.  I am not doing a great job like I used to do, but I show up [barely] do the job and drag myself home again.  He's only been gone just over 2 months.  How do I learn to live and exist when everything stopped when he died. Is there something to do or…


    Posted by Rachel Redding on August 16, 2016 at 4:02pm — 1 Comment

    Missing him.

    Ever since my husband died I have become a little indifferent in my belief in God . I hate to say it , I fear thinking it. I still believe in God , I still believe there is nothing that God cannot do . I just do not have blind Faith anymore. I had that blind unrelenting Faith that God would save my husband or at least help him to live long enough to get a transplant. That never happened and I watched him die. I have a real hard time believing that his death was part of a great plan . My…


    Posted by Angela renteria on August 16, 2016 at 12:41am — 2 Comments


    I can't stop feeling guilty.

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    Posted by georgie on August 14, 2016 at 6:32pm — 1 Comment

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