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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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    Sea of Pain

    I don't know what to do! It's been 2 months since Nancy's 

    death and the pain is worse than ever. In the house I can't

    escape the never ending reminders of her. The bursts of 

    tears just come on out of the blue and I say the same thing

    over and over "Why did you leave me?" "Come Back to me'.

    At night, I pray to God to take me so that I won't have to

    wake up to this relentless nightmare. Yet, I continue to wake

    up, stumble out of bed and begin…

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    Posted by Mel Royer on July 2, 2015 at 10:16am — 1 Comment

    Please wake me from this nightmare

    Past few days have been pretty rough.i miss him more than my heart can stand. I can't come to terms with never seeing him again. I can't move on. I was supposed to spend the rest of my life with him not without him. So this is my life now? Filled with sorrow and torment? I don't want to do this anymore. I don't know what to do with me.

    Posted by Erin on June 26, 2015 at 8:57pm

    Court Update

    Update on Court: Girl who ran over my son in his lane:

     

    Well, it was a bit unsettling in court today. Even though it was supposed to be a minor court date, it still had surprises. The girl's attorney we feel was allowed to overstep legally.

    The judge asked about the accident as he was not clear as the specifics. The DA basically said, the girl was driving northbound in a southbound lane. She took her left turn from there , instead of the normal lane. It was stated there…

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    Posted by Laurie ~ Jesse's mom on June 26, 2015 at 7:23pm — 2 Comments

    my family

    today I had to  end it with my sister, her heart has turned to stone, week after week hurting me, telling me to get over it, telling me to take pills to be with my son. I told her its a fight everyday not to do that but she said do it , go. im so tired, so much pain and hurt inside.  god help me please. I died the day he took my baby, now just take me to him.  I want my son back,  I need my shawn.

    Posted by kim on June 26, 2015 at 6:13pm — 1 Comment

    Unbearable Grief

    As I read through the threads and blogs of those we have lost, it only causes me more confusion.  I have always believed in a higher power, that there is someone greater than us in the world we live in.  I am guilty of being upset that the Lord has chosen to take away my mom but I have to hold on to my faith.  It's the only thing keeping me up.  Loosing my mom so suddenly to cancer after only being diagnosed a month and a half in to her treatment seems so unfair.  The sorrow that we're left…

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    Posted by Julia on June 26, 2015 at 1:32pm — 2 Comments

    Grief: A Time for Sitting in the Ashes

    This is an excerpt from a book another bereaved mom read early on, she had recommended it to our group...it was by a grief therapist of many years who had workshops for grief release..here is a bit of his (Francis Weller) book:

    It is our unexpressed sorrows, the congested stories of loss that, when left unattended, block our access to the soul. To be able to freely move in and out of the soul’s inner chambers, we…

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    Posted by Laurie ~ Jesse's mom on June 24, 2015 at 6:38pm

    When will this make sense ...

    Our love dies and we will never be the same, life will never be the same. It's been almost 15 weeks/3+ months and I still don't understand how to do this. This hollow existence makes no sense. I don't know how much longer I can do this. I'm functioning only to exist. I still can't believe Gary is gone and that I'm living this nightmare. It is so painful. I feel like I've done and am doing so much to try and cope but I'm still so…

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    Posted by rachel_michelle on June 21, 2015 at 10:20pm — 9 Comments

    Parting with My Son's Possessions

    This past week I finally sold some of my son's things. A friend had agreed to have me put some of his stuff in her rummage sale. It was brutal and emotional.

    I don't think I will do this again. Perhaps give it to a charity, all of it except perhaps holding back the important stuff, don't know yet...

    During those few days I realized once again how much my world is divided from what it once was. This sale being the first major involvement in my community since my son passed. (It…

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    Posted by Laurie ~ Jesse's mom on June 20, 2015 at 6:44am

    Keep me in your heart...stay there forever.

    I had a dream about Nick again last night but I know that this time it wasn't a visitation dream. I dreamt that I was at a hospital and that Nicks parents were there and they wouldn't let me see him. That they were asking me what I was doing there, and telling me to leave. So I spoke to Nick through the curtains and I told him that I was there and I loved him and he responded to her parents that I was there because I was there for him when he didn't ask me to be there and I was the only…

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    Posted by Jeannette on June 19, 2015 at 11:17am

    The year of the firsts is the worst????????

    There are so many things that people say that they think will help make you feel better when you're grieving-

    "You're going to be ok."

    "The pain will go away."

    "You're not the first person to go through this."

     

    My new personal favorite is "The year of the firsts is the worst".  Really?  I've now gone through my first Easter, Mother's Day, and my birthday without my husband.  My son and I am going to spend our first Father's Day without him, and you expect…

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    Posted by Trina on June 17, 2015 at 10:56pm — 1 Comment

     
     
     

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