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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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    Blog Posts

    4-28-15 Mourning

    Another day begins, ugh.

    Today's itinerary:

    1) Open eyes and realize the nightmare continues

    2) Anxiety builds as I think of what I have to do and know the level of loneliness I will feel.

    3) Plan tasks to fill meaningless day

    4) Do tasks like an automaton, while mind lives in past replaying what I should have done or said.

    5) Suffer, suffer, and suffer some more

    6) Hope for some calmness…

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    Posted by Mark on April 28, 2015 at 8:07am

    4-27-15 Evening

    I completely freaked out about an hour ago, I was at the airport waiting to catch my flight.  

    The health problem i thought was resolving came back in full force.  I forgot to take the prescription anti-inflammatory yesterday and today, then to top it all I forgot to pack them for my trip.  I had committed go back to work and they way I felt at the airport made me bail out on going back to work.  I have never used so much sick leave in my life, fortunately I have a lot of sick…

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    Posted by Mark on April 27, 2015 at 8:53pm

    A dream is a wish your heart makes

    4/25/15: Finally I dreamt of Nick! I didn't want to wake up. I saw him, he was smiling. He looked happy. We were talking but just like the conversation we had the last time I saw him I cant remember what we talked about. Even though I have tried to think over and over about what we said to each other the last time we saw each other I cant remember and it hurts not to remember.

    Just like in real life all I could do was focus on your eyes and your smile but I cant remember what you were…

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    Posted by Jeannette on April 27, 2015 at 4:32pm

    4-27-15 Morning

    I didn't write anything yesterday, so this is two days worth.  

    Yesterday an antique dealer come over to pick over my wife things.  It was a miserable experience, strangers in my home offering pennies on the dollar of things my wife valued.  I had to walk away several times to regain my composure.  But it has to be done, my wife had too, too many things and I can not live with the clutter and all the reminders.

    My sister was there with me and after they left we…

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    Posted by Mark on April 27, 2015 at 7:59am

    4-25-15 Evening

    Not a dark post, suitable for all viewers.

    I was down most of the day and evening.  It was finally around 10:30 pm starting feeling normal. What a welcome reprieve.  I talked with my sister, that helped some, then heard from an old friend, that I have not talked to in a good while, made me feel good, yes actually good.  

    For me, the farther on this road I travel, the more it comes down to human interaction.  

    I apologize for such a negative post…

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    Posted by Mark on April 25, 2015 at 10:29pm

    4-25-15 Morning

    This is a dark and negative post, nothing positive, read it at your own risk.

    Anxiety.

    It's back, and it sucks.  I worry about my son a lot. He is mentally challenged and this morning those worries combined with everything else, have me wanting to jump out of my skin.  I try to meditate to clear my mind, it's not working.  I want to curl up in bed with my wife, and that is gone forever.  I want to discuss my sons issues with her, never again.  I want her to tell…

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    Posted by Mark on April 25, 2015 at 8:14am

    4-24-15 Evening

    Each day things change.  

    My biggest problem recently was the anxiety.  Today not so much, today it was deep longing for my wife and terrible loneliness.  That was combined with my sister coming over to help go through my wife's things and I was a mess.  Not much I could do to prevent getting upset, just too many triggers.  My sister did her best to get me out of my funk but it did little good, I think it was something I just had to get through.  Now I'm not too bad, maybe…

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    Posted by Mark on April 24, 2015 at 8:44pm

    4-23-15 Evening, some calmness

    The following post is not meant to offend anyone, I respect everyone's personal beliefs, these just happen to be mine.  Please don't take offense, that is not my purpose.

    The conundrum of how the level of grief that I and many of us here feel relates to any evolutionary purpose has been on my mind.   Homo Sapiens have been around about 200,000 years, of that time period the vast majority was spent in the paleolithic era, where humans lived in small groups subsisting by hunting…

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    Posted by Mark on April 23, 2015 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

    Feeling lost

    Time never gets any easier as it passes and still 5 months later I find myself struggling to get out of bed for work. My partner has been trying hard to support me and finds ithard because I'm snappy and moody. However, Monday he lost his gran he was very close to. His way of dealing with grief is to be alone. He won't talk to me and won't spend time with me but wants to spend time with his friends. I feel so pushed out I can't deal with it. I feel bad because I don't know how to support him… Continue

    Posted by Jade on April 23, 2015 at 4:40pm

    4-23-15 Morning

    Well I slept better last night, so that's something. 

    I have contemplated on why mornings are so difficult for me.  My wife was a morning person, almost always waking in a good mood, and I am not.  So she was my sunshine in the morning, I miss that, probably why it hurts so much during that time.

    I have things to do today so maybe keeping busy will help me get through the day a little better.  I will still try to battle the thought loops that plague me.

    Posted by Mark on April 23, 2015 at 7:42am

     
     
     

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