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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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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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    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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    I have lost my compass

    I slept fine until 2am. Just cant get back to sleep now and almost panicking now because I so desperately need rest.

    The workload that I have now is so overwhelming at the most difficult time of my life. I now have 3 times the responsibility at work due to 2 people who have been laid off in no position to say I cant do it. I need this job because of my financial commitments. I am so bewildered and lost without my partner.  

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    Posted by Zell on July 29, 2014 at 10:25pm

    My Birthday

    My birthday is coming up, in just a few days. Every time I think about it, it gives me an overwhelming feeling of sadness.

    My sister at the age of 35 found out she had uterine cancer in March 2013. She went in for a check up because she wanted to have another child. She had my nephew 5 years ago and he had just finished kindergarten. When she…

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    Posted by Abby on July 29, 2014 at 9:00pm

    My entire world disappeared from under my feet.

    So, I am a new member to a site I had never dreamed I'd want to be a part of. And quite frankly, in this very moment I still do not wish to be a part of this community. Yet, here I am. I am only one of countless people shuffling through their day, overcome by grief and heartache.

    My story starts when my older brother, Craig, retired from the Marine Corps in 2011. He had put in a full twenty years and was looking forward to the start of his next chapter: civilian life. Where,…

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    Posted by Dreama on July 29, 2014 at 12:26pm

    A day with Abby

    I spent the day with my niece Abby after spending Sunday with Her and My sister in law. Abby's father left when she was 2 shes now 11 and I must say shes a very mature 11. We spent the day watching movies and as she calls sampling in other words eating junk food. She told me how much she cried when Lacy left and how much she hurt, she said she still hurts and cries sometimes, but what her her the most she said was see me hurt so bad and her loosing me for the last 4 months she said that I was… Continue

    Posted by Anthony R on July 28, 2014 at 9:10pm

    a good day for the most part

    yesterday my sister in law came by with her daughter they picked me up well forced in a way i was not wanting to do or go anywhere. I went to her house where we had a good dinner then the most surprising thing happened my niece came up to me and gave me the biggest hug and said she missed me so much that she wanted her uncle back. I didn't know what to say to her. we were very close before Lacy left me I would do things with her sense her father left and was not involved. She said she missed… Continue

    Posted by Anthony R on July 28, 2014 at 12:03pm — 1 Comment

    my baby

    today july 28 at 4 in the morning  for the first time in almost 9 months, I heard my son,  as clear as if he were standing here he called me  MOM  I had been up since 1 a m I just could not sleep,  I went out front to sit on the veranda, it was raining hard and I just talked to shawn, begging him to talk to me in my dreams and crying hard.  my pills were not working but by 4 they started, I went back to bed and just started to drift when I heard him  say   MOM. I wanted so bad to  go with…

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    Posted by kim on July 28, 2014 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

    Horrible Day

    Usually it hits me in the evening, the realization that he isn't coming home. That's when I cry, rant at God, ask everybody I know in heaven to help me get through this. Today it is only 10:00 a.m. and I am already in my evening stage.It is just going to be a horrible day. Can't focus on anything to get it done, doesn't really matter anyway. What's the point? On days like today, nothing matters except that I am alone. This "time will heal" stuff isn't working. I don't expect to be "healed" but… Continue

    Posted by Marty on July 28, 2014 at 10:11am — 1 Comment

    Couldn't Stop Crying

    Just cried for over 2 hours, that type of cry I call an "ugly, howling" type of cry. I wish I had someone to sit with me when I cry like that. Don't have to say anything, do anything, just be with me. Being alone and crying like that makes it feel so much worse. When will the pain go away???

    Posted by Kimberly on July 27, 2014 at 10:42pm — 1 Comment

    pain like no other

    to my shawn,  a beautiful son.  shawn you are my world, you went away and my world  went with you,the light in my eyes went out, my dreams are gone, I need your help so bad, I don't dream any more, and I need to so bad to dream of you, to hear your voice, see your face your smile your laughter. ill never do any till im with you again. my heart is your heart forever. help me shawn I need you so much take my hand baby please, loving you forever mom  

    Posted by kim on July 26, 2014 at 2:23pm

     
     
     

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