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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Hello, I am Matt Streicher, a sociology student who has recently experienced the death of a loved one and is doing a study on bereavement as part of my senior capstone course. I would appreciate your participation in my study. If you’d like to participate in my study, you can click on the following link or copy and paste the link to your web browser.
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Today I had another one of my weekly cookouts - luckily the weather was nice. Lots of Michael's friends came over and we chatted and talked. I teared up a few times but for the most part I stayed upbeat and content.
I remember seeing one of Michael's good friend at a restaurant a week ago on Saturday. When he caught my eye he came right over and gave me a big hug and said, "I miss him so much". I began to cry and he tried to comfort me. I asked him to come to the cook out at…Continue
Posted by Gale Brunault on July 20, 2014 at 11:53am
Today as I read from "Healing After Loss" I was struck by how familiar the words were to me. It talked about the emotional roller coaster of grief and how one minute your fine, the next, a flood of tears. I am very much in that place of teetering between being strong in mind to falling apart. It's not fun for my loved ones to watch this part of the grief journey yet I can't change it.
According to "Healing After Loss", we're not suppose to change it; this is what happens. I just…Continue
Posted by Gale Brunault on July 19, 2014 at 7:57am
Last week I cleaned our garage. It was pretty bad. I hadn't touched anything in there for 4 years. That was the time we put most of Bens personal things in the garage that his roommate, and buddies brought to us. We had it all at the farm, and brought it to our house in town 4yrs ago. I guess my feelings are that you don't have to get rid of anything until your ready. I have things that I have had since Lil Del died. I will never part with those things, and that's OK! I knew I had to move…Continue
I read today's meditation from "Healing after Loss" about dreams and how we often wish to dream about our loved ones as a way of staying near and in touch. Martha Whitmore Hickman shares a dream she had about her daughter, who died from injuries due to a fall. In the dream her daughter was on a stretcher being carried by two men who brought her up to where Martha was waiting. Told she was told her daughter was going to be okay. Below Martha was her family looking up and waiting for her…Continue
Posted by Gale Brunault on July 17, 2014 at 4:46pm
The Earth and Moon came out to celebrate your special day no else could say the same. Looks like they also enjoy the hockey game, I look forward to chocolate cake.
Balloons decorate the universe, angels will sing a birthday verse, as soon as the game is…Continue
Posted by Lulu on July 16, 2014 at 1:59pm
"Healing After Loss" gives an interesting perspective on the unknown. It is far better to accept that our understanding of beyond life is limited. Relish in the stories told of faith and intuition and most importantly.......wait and see for yourself!! Why try to have all the answers. Don't stand so close for you will only learn a very small piece about life and what God has in store for us. Step back and accept that though our questions are unanswerable, the real question is one of…Continue
Posted by Gale Brunault on July 15, 2014 at 7:12pm
everyday is more and more pain, life will never be the same. oh how I miss shawn, with all my heart. I need so bad to hear him call me, mom im here, mom I love you. mom ill never leave you. his beautiful brown eyes and that perfect smile. my life now is hell I know that now. around his memory garden there are butterflys, yellow ones. I can smell him in his clothes, I want so bad to feel him again, to laugh with him. this pain is like no other. I miss you shawn, I need you and love you…Continue
Posted by kim on July 15, 2014 at 9:45am
For those who are struck with the loss of a loved one, our suffering can be immensely difficult. "Healing After Loss" states that in order to get to a new beginning, we must walk through the center of our suffering.
Oh how easy it would be to go around it, avoid it altogether or numb ourselves from it. The truth is we need to feel and experience the pressure of grief. No one is expected to stay in it 24 hours a day - take time out to breathe. Our situation becomes a balancing act…Continue
Posted by Gale Brunault on July 14, 2014 at 4:05pm