Don't grieve alone
We are eternal beings who will never be separated from our loved ones. ~ R. Craig Hogan, Ph.D.
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.
Let me know if you have any questions.
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Yesterday was suppose to be a fun filled day to celebrate my sister graduating college. But of course family that I have not seen or spoken to since Norman's passing brought him up. I did not want to talk about it him as it was not about me and how I was doing. It was my sister's day.
My aunt decided she needed to give me her opinion on how I am handling his passing. She told me you need to talk to someone about it. Who are you to tell me I need to talk to someone? Every one…Continue
Posted by Traci P on May 25, 2015 at 2:35pm
Yesterday I said I was not going to dwell on the loss of my wife Cheryl, today I am, at least in this blog post.
It's another morning and I have been lying in bed for a few hours hoping to fall back asleep. But I have had no luck. My mind of course has been thinking of Cheryl. Of the more than 31 years we knew each other, and how we had so many experiences together that we could always share a private laugh. And now those memories are only mine. They feel like such a…Continue
Posted by Mark on May 25, 2015 at 8:30am
I am awake again, and have some anxiety. When thoughts that I know just lead to pain have been entering my head, I try to change the subject. Not having much luck right now, but I will continue doing it.
I need to start to prepare for a trip on Tuesday. Once again, I am going to attempt to return to work. I failed a few weeks ago when I tried. The physical and mental discomfort I felt while I waited at the gate for my delayed flight, led to a breakdown at the airport.…Continue
Posted by Mark on May 24, 2015 at 9:54am
im sorry I have not been on for a long time, for those that are new im truly sorry for your loss, to my friends that I have made in here I still feel your pain. I have not been doing to good health wise, but I really don't care any more, I still pray every night to be with my son shawn. I cry morning noon and night, I feel my pain will never end, the emptiness, the darkness is so unbearable.to feel as lonely as I do is no way to live. I hope with all my heart you are all doing a little…Continue
Posted by kim on May 23, 2015 at 5:34pm
Yesterday morning was difficult. I had another doctors appointment. I get anxious waiting in those little rooms that you get placed in while waiting your turn to see the doctor. My mind immediately went to missing Cheryl, she was a nurse, she was my comfort. And whenever I had some significant health issue she would accompany me and usually wait in the little rooms with me so it didn't seem like a prison cell. I almost lost it while waiting alone there. The doctor finally saw me,…Continue
I got a call at work today from daycare to say my granddaughter was sick and i needed to come get her. only work would'nt let me go. i wanted to call my husband so bad and tell him what was going on. like i alaways did. but i couldnt. i miss him so much.
Posted by Vicki jefferson on May 22, 2015 at 9:57pm
Has to be around dinner time and after, I I didn't not hear from Josh all day, I'd get a call around dinner...what's for dinner ma? I think some nights I think the phone will ring. I start to cry a d do on and off till I fall asleep, I don't know how I sleep, maybe cause he's at peace
Posted by Roberta Annett on May 22, 2015 at 7:23pm
I have had 2 of the worst days since my Terry passed...
I really would like to know why this has to hurt so badly.
Why does God give us love and joy, and then take it without taking us too?
I cannot breathe...I feel like it was just yesterday and it is almost 2 months..
does it ever let up? My widowed friends say it does in time...
It's like "UNCHAINED MELODY"..and time goes by soooooooooooooo slowly.........
I am sorry to be venting, I just feel…Continue
Posted by Alice Catron on May 22, 2015 at 12:03pm
When I was driving home from a doctors appointment this morning around 11 a.m. I saw something I have never seen in my life. I was on a major highway a few miles from the airport, and saw a large pickup pulled off on the side of the road ahead. The pickup truck was a large double cab, the type a lot of contractors like to drive. The doors were open on the side opposite the road, and as got closer I saw man moving rapidly back and forth by the door. A little closer and it was clear as…Continue
Posted by Mark on May 21, 2015 at 9:32pm
5/15/15: I went to bed. I missed Nick so much. A friend of mine wanted to go out but I just couldn't that day. It was a Friday night. I dint have it in me. So I put on Nicks shirt and grabbed his sheet that his sister gave him when he was 18. I didn't cover myself up with it and just held it and I fell asleep.
Then I had the most amazing dream I have ever had. The hills were so beautiful and green. It was crowded with people. I was walking along when I saw Nick. He was talking to a…Continue