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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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    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.
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    Posted by Zell on November 21, 2014 at 12:20pm

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    30 Thursdays have dawned since your untimely departure from this world. Since your love and presence was ripped from this physical world.  A world where I had come to depend and thrive on the daily doses of hugs, kisses, smiles and sharing beautiful love.

    I stagger dazed through every Thursday, the reality of your absence worsened by the pain of that dreaded day, my sorrow and yearning for you intensified 10 x fold: pain upon pain.  Recurring images from that day which I vainly try to…

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    Posted by Zell on November 20, 2014 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

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    this guilt over so much time passing is confusing me. why should I feel guilty that at 19 days old I wouldn't feel pain, and she would have turned 19 this year? I love,miss, think of her every day..She is as importantand loved as a baby born yesterday. too many are wanting me to forget and get over it. you never get over picking out a tiny casket.

    Posted by j l carver on November 20, 2014 at 6:49am

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    today  I could smell shawn in my living room right by my computer, I know hes here it was so strong. shawn loves his computer , its his way of telling me hes here he wont leave me, I miss him so much, I pray each night to go with him, to hold him tight again. my babys here hes here.  my beautiful son, the love of my life, he will never leave me.    

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    could this be my day?

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    Posted by Zell on November 15, 2014 at 11:40pm

    my dark deep hole

    today my doctor came to see me. she brough all the papers and explained why my shawn went away.  I cryed so much she had to stop and she held me. she said if the heart dr had called 911 shawn would still be here. but he just sent him home. I know its wrong but I wish with all I have if that dr has kids I hope they die, I want him so much to feel my pain, my emptiness forever. I  said to her, my shawns not coming home is he? when she looked into my eyes and told me no, I lost it so bad I…

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    Posted by kim on November 14, 2014 at 12:20pm — 1 Comment

    Is there an appt. for that?

    Is there a App. for that?



    With technology so advance I dare to ask

    how is the digital age in the afterlife?

    Angels with long distance calling cards.…

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    Posted by Lulu on November 13, 2014 at 10:31pm

    You never know what you've got until you lose it !

    Every time I wake up I find that I have to face another day of my wife not being there, although it's been 16 years now since the angels came, I know if I mention her to someone it'll just give them a cause to tell me that I should be "over it" by now. Sitting at the desktop tonight playing her favorite sport, pool, I began to wonder what she would think of me now-having changed my appearance from my long Yanni appearance to a short typical haircut-would she be upset? And then I began to…

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    Posted by Bill Daniels on November 11, 2014 at 10:52pm — 3 Comments

     
     
     

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