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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.

ORIGINAL PHOTO:

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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After Death Communication

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Signs from the other side 1 Reply

Started by Mel Royer in Untitled Category. Last reply by rachel_micele yesterday.

I CANT LIVE LIKE THIS

Started by Richard Rivera in Untitled Category on Friday.

Going home to visit family without Husband. 3 Replies

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For the non- religious- where do we go when we die? 28 Replies

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Rise of the Machines...

I was just finishing typing a long entry about how upset I am about my laptop dying and the potential loss of all of my files, including all of my mom's photos and many other important things, when my browser crashed and I lost my draft. Technology is out to get me this weekend. I give up.

Posted by Bethany on May 28, 2017 at 1:41pm

When life doesn´t go MY WAY

Ok that´s odd. I have 3 fractured ribs. My drs and I had a hard time to grap the motive, a simple fall from my own height for a medicine peak of low blood pressure. What is even more amazing is how the people around us react when we don´t know what´s wrong but know there is suffering and pain. You know the type....the types of people who think she must be exagerating, or pitiful for a second or regretting their own attitude. What does it say about them? I think that´s why we feel like wild…

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Posted by silvia maria on May 27, 2017 at 12:00pm

When a Loved Oned Dies

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

There are many ways to grieve. This means that the way you express your sorrow might differ from the way others do so. “Coping with a death does not follow a simple pattern or set of rules,” says the book Helping Teens Cope With Death. The important thing is that…

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Posted by Mike H. on May 24, 2017 at 7:07am

From the Heart

Losing anyone sets you on the path of going through stages that only you can determine. However, the promise that you will get through them and come out of the tunnel into the sunlight is somewhere in the back of your mind. Most people come through in time. The promise of being happy is so alluring that it cannot help but generate an interest in moving forward.

     The reality of being amid that pain story leaves most of us wondering whether the established…

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Posted by Mike on May 22, 2017 at 10:16am — 3 Comments

i lost my mommy

Hi I recantly lost my mom two weeks ago and I miss her so much I wish that I could of said good bye to her and I'm still not doing as well with it and I'm wishing that she was still here and I'm wanting to go forward with my life but still keep her in my heart and I'm tired of crying 

Posted by mary snell on May 22, 2017 at 9:05am

How should we FEEL???

Mamazing that many people think they should have a vote to what´s not theirs to start with. FEELINGS, I think each and every human being is entitled to the FULL RANGE of their own feelings. And I wonder when people tell us how to feel...if I get a vote back to jump out their crap...or tell them what I feel about thir standards of whatever is the NORM. Reality is we all feel hurt, lonely, happy, wonderful, ugly, pretty, crying, laughing...you know, just the whole human range, but there is a…

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Posted by silvia maria on May 20, 2017 at 10:58am

Questions That Need Answers - 4 of 4

How to Cope With Grief?

There is no shortage of advice on this subject. Not all of it, however, is helpful. For instance, you may find that some will advise you not to cry or show your feelings in any way. Others may push you to do the opposite and expose all your feelings. The Bible presents a…

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Posted by Mike H. on May 20, 2017 at 6:50am

The death of my brotherinlaws brother conrad

I have not seen conrad in years but he died today from bladder cancer not sure if i will go to funeral im ok but he was special my heart goes out to my family

Posted by Rachel Lynn Schuler on May 19, 2017 at 6:25pm

Questions That Need Answers - 3 of 4

Is It Wrong to Grieve?

Have you ever had a brief bout with illness? Perhaps you recovered so quickly that you have practically forgotten the episode. Well, grief is not like that. “There is no such thing as ‘getting over’ grief,” writes Dr. Alan Wolfelt in his book Healing a Spouse’s Grieving Heart. However, he adds: “Over time and with the support of others, your grief will soften.”…

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Posted by Mike H. on May 19, 2017 at 6:46am

Living LIE....so tempting isn´t it?

I guess coming out of hell looks like everyone has a routine in life much like varius channels in one tv, none of which we can relate. Human race can be inhospitable. And we want to join, and believe in a channel here and there, but none of it sounds like true deeper inside. It´s like watching a dance whereas we are pretending to know the steps but couldn´t care less about doing it, taking part. Relationships are like a bubble and inside lives another being and the best I feel like getting…

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Posted by silvia maria on May 18, 2017 at 10:24am

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    Lesley Woolfstein commented on Karen's group I miss my Mom!
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    Lynda replied to Lynda's discussion For the non- religious- where do we go when we die?
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    Richard Rivera replied to Lynda's discussion For the non- religious- where do we go when we die?
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    When life doesn´t go MY WAY

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    Lynda replied to Lynda's discussion For the non- religious- where do we go when we die?
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