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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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    4-18-15 Morning

    Morning again, I long for when I would wake and look forward to the day ahead, to just getting up and having a good cup of coffee.  Now when I open my eyes, usually before my alarm goes off, it's like waking into a nightmare.

    I close my eyes and try to sleep more, usually that doesn't work.  I try to meditate, by focusing on my breathing, that just brings back horrible memories.  Then I submit to being conscious again, and try to stay calm, all the while the deep sadness and…

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    Posted by Mark on April 18, 2015 at 8:30am

    4-17-15 Morning

    I slept more last night than I have since my wife passed, over 8 hours altogether.  But, I cheated, I took two Tylenol pm's before bed. 

    I woke up and had a few waves of anxiety roll over me, they seem to be subsiding now.  Fear of the future hitting me, fear of never feeling close to someone again, fear of becoming some reclusive old man. Thinking of my sisters father in law, who lost his wife ten years ago when he was 56 years old (just a few years older than me).  He has…

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    Posted by Mark on April 17, 2015 at 9:35am — 1 Comment

    Missing my Son very much, especially in the Spring

    Today I went for a drive to the Golf Course,  where my dear son worked (at the Pro Shop).  I took the dog for a walk, as everything is still closed there.  My thoughts always go back to how happy he was there and how I was always happy to visit there for a pop or a snack (at the restaurant there), and to watch him play golf and instruct other younger golfers.  He was happy when I showed up and  he wanted his mom to have the club house sandwich and fries, and sit and enjoy the view.

    He…

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    Posted by Nancy Hall on April 16, 2015 at 8:39pm

    4-16-15 Evening

    I had a rough day, my mind went to some pretty dark places. I just got off the phone with my sister,she has been my savior.  

    Tonight was no exception, she pointed out something from that night that may enable me to escape from a guilt loop that has been plaguing me.  

    I still haven't figured out the whole evening thing, where I usually feel at least less bad in the evening.  But, it is a definite observable phenomena in myself.

    My mind is calm…

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    Posted by Mark on April 16, 2015 at 7:39pm — 1 Comment

    Poem.

    If I could turn back the time,

    hold you in the arms of mine,

    took you away from waiting death

    until my last loving breath.



    If I could turn back the time,

    hold you in my arms till I die,

    we could stay as one together

    in that snowing frosty weather.



    If I could turn back the time,

    November is the time of prime,

    we would be the warmest kissing,

    only you I have been missing.



    If I could…

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    Posted by Janka Huljaková on April 16, 2015 at 11:38am

    I will never be the same

    The moment that you left me, my heart was split in two. One side was filled with the memories that other side died with you. I often lay awake at night when the world is fast asleep, and I take a walk down memory lane with tears upon my cheek. Remembering you is easy, I do it everyday, but missing you is a heartache that never goes away. I hold you tightly within my heart and there you will remain, you see life has gone on without you, but it will never be the same.

    There's…

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    Posted by Jeannette on April 16, 2015 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

    4-16-15 Morning

    Ugh........I am awake.

    Posted by Mark on April 16, 2015 at 6:43am

    4-15-15 Morning

    What I miss the most.

    The companionship, the feeling of someone I love is always with me no matter where in the world I may be.

    My sons mother, my son is a special needs young man, no one will ever love him as his mother did again.

    The comfort, when I was ill or hurting.

    The loss of hope of ever returning our relationship to what it was before alcohol and prescription meds got a hold of her.

    I slept for 7 hours last…

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    Posted by Mark on April 15, 2015 at 7:30am

    Lost..

    I feel so lost. I don't know how to stop the pain of not having you here. I couldn't stop thinking of Nick today. Which meant I broke down many times. Not even work or soccer practice seemed to keep my mind busy. I feel so alone. I was always the girl that loved to get up every morning and look my best. Now I feel like doing my makeup is a drag. My son noticed he said "Mom I liked it when you do your hair and makeup. You look pretty".



    I was a regular at the place where Nick worked… Continue

    Posted by Jeannette on April 15, 2015 at 1:19am

    4-14-15 around 10 pm

    Missing her so much.  

    What is the evolutionary purpose of grieving?  How does it further the dominance of humanity?  What other species experience this? Seems like a cruel joke. 

    Posted by Mark on April 14, 2015 at 9:18pm

     
     
     

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