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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The other day I started to feel that unbearable loneliness creeping up on me, this is starting to happen more often, and I panicked and called my friend. We went to the forest and smoked a joint then to a bodega where we had a beer. A middle-aged Russian woman was sitting in a booth next to us and she turned around to talk to us. She was obviously an alcoholic, and for a brief moment I wondered if I was staring into my future. That if I don't move on from this loss, I will end up drunk and…Continue
Posted by Maja Winther on May 29, 2015 at 8:41am
I really like birds and have several bird feeders on the deck. One of my favorite birds is the Yellow-headed Blackbird. I haven't seen one in our area in over six years. It is a bird that I'm always looking to find. So, I told Cherie if she was ok to send me a Yellow-headed Blackbird. I was on way to an appointment this morning when a Yellow-headed Blackbird flew right in front of the car. I almost drove off the road. I'll take this as a sign from Cherie.
Posted by Richard G on May 27, 2015 at 2:49pm
I know you aren't gone from this world yet, but I also know that day is quickly approaching us.
I want you to know a few things:
For starters, I love you. I love you more than you could ever imagine. I hate you're leaving us so early in my lifetime because Matthew and I have just gotten to be old enough to really know how to appreciate everything you and Dad have done for us. I'm sorry I was a bratty teenager who made you cry sometimes.…Continue
Posted by Elizabeth on May 26, 2015 at 5:00pm
I lost my soulmate and father to my son on april 3rd of this year. he was killed in an industrial accident at work. its been less then 2 months so far but so many people are telling me already its time to move on. how do you tell your heart to stop feeling when you were with someone for 10 years,im lost and feel somewhat out of control. I find myself turning to alcohol and other vices to ease the pain I feel. which of course gives others yet another chance to shame me and feel like they know…Continue
Thank you to everyone that has responded in some way to my blog and my posts. The interaction has helped.
It has not been enough for me though. As I have said in previous posts; I need, want, and deeply crave human interaction. And when I write three or for blog posts in a row that are read by few and not commented on, it just causes more feelings of isolation and loneliness.
So I am moving my online grief operations to the Alliance of Hope website. It is…Continue
Yesterday was suppose to be a fun filled day to celebrate my sister graduating college. But of course family that I have not seen or spoken to since Norman's passing brought him up. I did not want to talk about it him as it was not about me and how I was doing. It was my sister's day.
My aunt decided she needed to give me her opinion on how I am handling his passing. She told me you need to talk to someone about it. Who are you to tell me I need to talk to someone? Every one…Continue
Posted by Traci P on May 25, 2015 at 2:35pm
Yesterday I said I was not going to dwell on the loss of my wife Cheryl, today I am, at least in this blog post.
It's another morning and I have been lying in bed for a few hours hoping to fall back asleep. But I have had no luck. My mind of course has been thinking of Cheryl. Of the more than 31 years we knew each other, and how we had so many experiences together that we could always share a private laugh. And now those memories are only mine. They feel like such a…Continue
Posted by Mark on May 25, 2015 at 8:30am
I am awake again, and have some anxiety. When thoughts that I know just lead to pain have been entering my head, I try to change the subject. Not having much luck right now, but I will continue doing it.
I need to start to prepare for a trip on Tuesday. Once again, I am going to attempt to return to work. I failed a few weeks ago when I tried. The physical and mental discomfort I felt while I waited at the gate for my delayed flight, led to a breakdown at the airport.…Continue
Posted by Mark on May 24, 2015 at 9:54am
im sorry I have not been on for a long time, for those that are new im truly sorry for your loss, to my friends that I have made in here I still feel your pain. I have not been doing to good health wise, but I really don't care any more, I still pray every night to be with my son shawn. I cry morning noon and night, I feel my pain will never end, the emptiness, the darkness is so unbearable.to feel as lonely as I do is no way to live. I hope with all my heart you are all doing a little…Continue
Posted by kim on May 23, 2015 at 5:34pm
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