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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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    Journal Therapy and After Death Communication

    After Death Communication

    Online Grief Support uses the blog feature for Journal Therapy – You can choose to make it private or public. Blog posts are a great way to express yourself on your profile page. To get started, go to your profile page and locate the "Blog Posts" module in the middle column. Click the "Add a Blog Post" link. You must join the community to take advantage of Journal Therapy – It’s free.
    You can add text, links, images, and files to your blog post using the blog editor toolbar. You can also select the privacy of your blog post to allow anyone in the community to view it, just your friends in the community, or just you. Go to Settings and then click on Privacy. If you need help, I'm just an email away. - Diana

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    my darling son

    shawn, on wed it will be a year,  im so filled with sadness, lonelyness  emptiness and so very heart broken. I remember it all like it was yesterday. each day is harder and harder to try to go on. I still pray each night to go with you. I know I don't want to go on with out you. I cry everyday and night, sadness floods over me and I cant hold on. with out you there is no sun, no light, just darkness all the time. I promise ill be with you soon, to hold you forever and never let you go. to…

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    Posted by kim on October 31, 2014 at 1:32pm

    My Heart a Withered Rose

    My heart has been like a hot lava stone inside my chest these past weeks.  My eyes never stop overflowing with hot tears.  It hurts too much to speak, to communicate, to be with other people, to even breathe at times. I seek instead silence and solitude, all the while knowing that you would want me to live, to be happy, to go out, but I cannot my love. 

    Separated from you I am withered like a rose without…

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    Posted by Zell on October 29, 2014 at 7:49am

    The Film The Book Of Life - Lessons Learned

    The Film The Book Of Life - Lessons Learned

    Wow -I've just watched the film The Book Of Life-It's a children's film that deals openly with death.
    I couldn't help but compare my own grief journey too…
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    Posted by MarieSte on October 28, 2014 at 3:30pm

    sisters

    well again my sister slapped me in the face, she called to tell me her daughter bought her a grandfather clock on sat for x mas,  I just told her I was not feeling well and had to go.  I cryed my heart out, all I want is my son, his voice, why don't people think before they open there dam mouths, I told her so many times the holidays mean nothing any more but pain. she keeps saying its time to move on. omg ill never move on, I cant. she sees my heart breaking she sees my pain every day, yet…

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    Posted by kim on October 28, 2014 at 7:27am — 1 Comment

    my son

    how can a mom go on with out her only child? how can my heart still beat, when its so broken?  how can my sisters go on like nothings happened? how do they not see im dieing inside? so many answers ill never get. I only want one thing just one thing one wish, to be with shawn, to hold him in my arms, kiss him and never ever let him go. today in months I saw a bunny again, I know he sent it to me, I know in my heart hes never left me, but I need so bad to dream of him, I need to know hes…

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    Posted by kim on October 27, 2014 at 9:29am

    October Night

    October Night

    Will you remember the day we met?October night, in our disguise. How we flirted, danced, your hands on my thighs. Your eyes shined, we laughed. "What will we…

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    Posted by Lulu on October 27, 2014 at 1:00am

    my beautiful shawn

    I miss you more everyday, I want so bad to touch your face to kiss you.  im so lonely without you. I cant remember what its like not to cry any more.  a few days ago a bunch of purple daisys sprung up on the front lawn, I know you sent them to me, there beautiful. there are times it hurts to breathe, and everyday day my heart hurts. im begging you with everything I have left to take my hand and take me with you. I cant do this without you, my love my son. my reason for living. please shawn I…

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    Posted by kim on October 25, 2014 at 7:31am

    The Grief Journey-What To Pack

    The Grief Journey-What To Pack

    It's the journey no-one wants to be on and you won't truly understand the following advice unless you are on it. Everyone's journey will be different, so I can't tell you what to pack, you choose, pack what's right for you, listen to your…
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    Posted by MarieSte on October 23, 2014 at 2:00pm

    Anyone had this experience

    My brother of 67 years lost his partner J last week.

    They had been together for 30 years and had a civil partnership.

    It seems there is very little literature on gay bereavement and also on how best to support LGBT population.

    I know my brother is a 'sturdy oak' type no 'sissy stuff' and doesn't allow his emotions to show at all.  I belief this is a trait he has adapted from my mother.

    I go to pieces and cry when upset for normal good reasons and wonder if anyone…

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    Posted by Peter Beaman on October 23, 2014 at 10:36am — 3 Comments

     
     
     

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