Don't grieve alone
We are eternal beings who will never be separated from our loved ones. ~ R. Craig Hogan, Ph.D.
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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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Life Without You
Since you left this earth my honey, I have cried every day,
It’s still too hard to believe, that you’ve really gone away.
My heart and soul just cannot comprehend
So I live every day a lonely life of pretend
It hurts so very much, not seeing you in all the places you used to be.
Posted by Zell on August 29, 2014 at 7:30am
A candle for you my love every Thursday: to honor you, to symbolize our forever love and the light and happiness you brought into my life - and because I was not here at home that fateful morning when a cruel and terrible accident took you from me on 24 April 2014, 18 weeks ago. I wish I had not gone to work that morning. Our love will never die and I will hold you in my heart until I hold you in heaven....…Continue
Posted by Zell on August 28, 2014 at 4:05pm
At a time when I'm at my lowest physically and emotionally I have to remind myself that my faith and love for God is not grounded in understanding everything that happens to me in life. I believe God's promises and His word regardless of disappointment, hurt, adversity, illness and grief.
I don't know why my loved one or anyone's loved one died, but I can tell you that faith is important in life and in death. Whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.
Posted by Zell on August 28, 2014 at 1:30am
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Posted by Elizabeth Ann Collins on August 27, 2014 at 1:24pm
So I'm booked off work as I have developed painful complications with the shingles, among other things severe abdominal inflammation, swollen glands, eye infection...all due to ongoing emotional trauma. Sent home with a bag of medicine: antibiotics, antivirals, chronic meds, stronger anti-depressant and advise from my doctor that maybe instead of putting him on a pedestal I should express some anger at him for "doing this" and leaving me like this, so I can "let go". I will take the…Continue
Posted by Zell on August 27, 2014 at 12:30pm
I just wanted to be able to hold you just once more. The kiss in the coffin is as close as I got. I think of you contantly and wonder if I am just dead too. I feel like a zombie walking amongest the living trying to put on a "normal" appearance. I hardly had time to process your cancer diagnosis and suddenly I was empty without you. The kids seem to be adjusting in their own way. I just feel the void of you everywhere.
Posted by Linda K on August 27, 2014 at 8:12am
everyday is the same, same pain, same tears, same emptiness, same heart break, how can I go on without you, how does everyone else go on knowing you went away. I ask you every night why you left me, but you never answer me. I sit and watch the butterflys sitting on your beautiful butterfly bush. and I cry. I ask you to tell me what you want me to do, again no answer,theres no such thing as a good day any more. everyday is to filled with pain. filled with tears, sleepless nights, needing…Continue
Posted by kim on August 27, 2014 at 7:26am