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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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    Journal Therapy and After Death Communication

    After Death Communication

    Online Grief Support uses the blog feature for Journal Therapy – You can choose to make it private or public. Blog posts are a great way to express yourself on your profile page. To get started, go to your profile page and locate the "Blog Posts" module in the middle column. Click the "Add a Blog Post" link. You must join the community to take advantage of Journal Therapy – It’s free.
    You can add text, links, images, and files to your blog post using the blog editor toolbar. You can also select the privacy of your blog post to allow anyone in the community to view it, just your friends in the community, or just you. Go to Settings and then click on Privacy. If you need help, I'm just an email away. - Diana

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    Heaven is your home

    Posted by Zell on September 30, 2014 at 10:12am

    Taking Control Of Grief

    I am just over two months into my Grief journey so I thought I would share some thoughts on it with you.

    Yes I still cry there are many tears-but what is a tear. A tear is a mini universe of the feelings and moments you shared with your loved one. Your tears are your way of expressing that love you felt for them. Every tear you shed is a blessing for them like putting the sign of the cross on your head with holy…
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    Posted by Marie Ste on September 28, 2014 at 4:44pm

    Making A Difference-Your Legacy Will Live On

    Ste just before you died you said you were worried you had not made a difference in your life. 
    I said to you you had served in the Army you had cared for disabled people in the NHS you had fathered a son and brought up 5 children but the most important thing was you had loved and were loved with a passion.…
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    Posted by Marie Ste on September 28, 2014 at 4:43pm

    Rest In Peace

    Rest in peace my love

    Everlasting in my memories

    So dearly loved
    Time will unite us…
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    Posted by Marie Ste on September 28, 2014 at 4:30pm

    It's Thursday again..

    22 weeks today.  My darling, my honey, my angel. 22 weeks since I have seen your handsome face, your warm smile and felt the thrill of your touch and firm, reassuring hug. The last gentle kiss in my neck that morning before I left for work. 22 weeks since you whispered: "I am here if you need me, I'm not going anywhere..."

    22 : a significant number.  For 22 months you were my heaven on earth.  I fear the passing of time.  I fear the day that the length of time that I have been without…

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    Posted by Zell on September 25, 2014 at 5:30am

    5 months: Wednesday 24 September

    The deep dull ache intensifies on weekly and monthly "anniversaries". The 5 month mark dawned on Wednesday 24 September.  I bought 5 red helium-filled balloons - one popped on the way home.

    I felt physically ill from the grief and longing.  I was shaky and could barely scribble legibly on the balloons before releasing them into a gusting wind from our apartment balcony.  They were gone within seconds: out of sight - just like you.  I hope you were watching.  I hope you know that my…

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    Posted by Zell on September 25, 2014 at 5:00am

    My Positive Journey Please Be Patient

    My journey of grief started when the love of my life Ste died.It was and still is a very deep connection.
     
    At first I was in shock and felt numb. I remember saying to myself keep it together Marie focus on what needs to be done with the funeral you have the rest of your life to…
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    Posted by Marie Ste on September 24, 2014 at 6:32pm

    Lest We Forget

    Loyal to their Country until their last stand 
    Every ounce of their strength is given in the fight for our freedom…
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    Posted by Marie Ste on September 24, 2014 at 6:00pm

    Its ok to feel this way - I'm human!

    I lost my honey 5 months ago today. Contrary to what people say, the intensity of my deep grief has not "softened" or "blunted". In fact it has gotten worse as time goes by as we were never apart even for a day, so it is natural that as time goes by I feel the loss more. The pain lasts throughout the day.

    I cry a lot, even on anti-depressants, but this is me coping. This is the best I can do. I have no doubt that without God I would not be able to function at all or…

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    Posted by Zell on September 24, 2014 at 1:45am

    Signs Of Solace

     
    Ste the Sunflower that we had started to grow before your spirit soared to heaven has now shown her face as a symbol of solidarity and hope that you are now at peace.
    The Passion flower continues to wind herself…
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    Posted by Marie Ste on September 23, 2014 at 11:17am

     
     
     

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