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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After Death Communication
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One thing I have realized since this terrible personal tragedy. There is a world full of people in pain. Everyone's experience is different and everyone handles it differently, but we are one in pain. We cannot change what has happened, but we can be there for each other - we can offer real empathy from personal experience. Finally and most important: there is the promise of eternal life and eternal reunion. Death does not have the final say!
Posted by Zell on September 19, 2014 at 2:54am
everyday I watch people, going on with there lives, my family and friends to.but I just cant with out you. I don't understand how my sisters can do this. my heart is so broken and they know it. once a week if im lucky they will call and say hows everything going then they say ok bye. its like a 2 min call. I have begged them to talk about you, begged them to hear me out. but they just don't have time for me. and that hurts but nothing hurts as much as loseing you. I feel so broken so…Continue
Posted by kim on September 17, 2014 at 12:28pm
The death of a relative or a friend is never easy. But if someone has had the foresight to plan ahead, and has pre-paid for their funeral, it can help relieve a lot of the stress for those left behind. Prepaid funerals are a way to ensure unnecessary stresses and pressures are avoided before a funeral and can assist people left behind to concentrate on saying goodbye.
There are many reasons why arranging a funeral…Continue
my beautiful son how I miss you with all my heart. my tears never stop. I want so bad to hear you, to hold you. why wont he take me to you, I pray every night to go with you. my pain is so deep , with out you theres nothing left. it hurts to breathe, i wait every day for you to come home, to phone me to call me MOM . oh shawn please please help me. I cant go on with out you I just cant, I don't want to. night god bless my son, you are always the love of my life , we will be together…Continue
Posted by kim on September 15, 2014 at 4:45pm
Despite the pain, the unbearable hurt of living in the now I have a hope, I have an eternal future with my love.
2 Cor 4: 17 & 18: For our affliction, which is for the moment, works for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory; for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal…
Posted by Zell on September 14, 2014 at 6:14am
Like every other morning I wake up today and for a brief moment in the newness of the day, all seems well. Then the realization hits again as the fog of my mind clears: the silence, the empty space in bed next to me - I did not wake up next to you and feel the heaviness of an arm draped over me, or our legs intertwined.
That brief and blissful moment of oblivion is instantly replaced by a fist-punch to my core that takes my breath away and constricts my heart. Innocence and the…Continue
Posted by Zell on September 14, 2014 at 1:04am
I keep thinking that soon I'll wake up from this nightmare, but 'when' ?! The thing is, when my wife was around, I lost her when she was only 35, I used to be known for lighting up the moods when things got tense. I used to be known for making others laugh when things began to get too serious,especially when I'd look over at her to see a look of confusion or sadness. I used to be the one who came up with all the answers, making others laugh in order for others to get their minds off their…Continue
Posted by Bill Daniels on September 12, 2014 at 9:42pm
as I read every ones letters, I sit here and cry, my heart is so broken with out my son ( shawn ) and I can feel your broken hearts to. we ask why? and never get answer, we ask to go to, and again no answer. how do we go on with them, that will never happen. to be in this unbearable pain and have our friends leave us forever, our family hurt us even more. no one can see or under stand or hear our crys. its been 10 months for me and it feels like yesterday. I want so bad to be with shawn…Continue
Posted by kim on September 12, 2014 at 2:05pm