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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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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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    My Dad died suddenly and unexpected

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    My grandma aka gram. (mom)

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    Still don't know what the fuck to do ... part 2

    I really don't know where this road of hell is leading to. Yesterday was 11 months. I'm still in a funk from last Friday. I don't know that I'm getting any answers. My heart still doesn't understand why he had to go. I still don't understand how to fucking do this. I'm so damn tired of saying it and living this heartbreak. But my words don't change a damn thing. I feel like I'm in the broken nuthouse. I'm on the roller coaster that has stalled in hell. I don't want to do this anymore. This…

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    Posted by rachel_michelle on February 12, 2016 at 12:01am — 1 Comment

    Not again...

    Back here again in the same place I was 6 months ago with my dad. This time its my sweet momma. I knew I jinxed her when I called her indestructible. She lays there now. Stuck in a private prison inside her mind and body. Unable to speak and unable to comfort her visitors.  Momma I am so sorry if I jinxed you.  I am sorry I cannot help you or fix you. I am sorry you’ve had to go these last few months without Pop. I am sorry they moved you so far away from us but I promise we will bring you…

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    Posted by Alin Tooby on February 10, 2016 at 11:53am — 1 Comment

    so many tears

    all I do is cry, I keep telling my self  my son will come home, I miss him so much the love of my life. theres no way to go on, to live with out him, I feel so empty, broken and so weak.  my prayers are not heard, not answered,  no one hears my pain, hears me. let me go with shawn, let me be with my son.

    Posted by kim on February 10, 2016 at 10:17am

    Time Heals All Wounds, Or does IT?

    As Valentines Day approaches it will make 24 years since I have seen my little brothers smile and have heard his laugh. Does time heal all wounds, No.  Time helps, but the wounds still remain. The open wounds are now covered in scare tissue. The scare is still seen as bright as the sun in my uncontrollable fear.  Fear for my own children. At the age of 12 I lost my little brother, my little mister. He was 8 when he lost his life in a fatal car accident with my grandfather. My grandfather was…

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    Posted by Shawna on February 10, 2016 at 7:49am — 2 Comments

    Going on without him

    Life seems to be going along without my husband.  I talk to him everyday.  Can he hear me?  Does he know I love him and miss him with every breath I take?  I can't get comfortable, something's always wrong.  They say denial is the first phase, but boy am I in it still.  Nothing is going to bring him back and that is a fact that I cannot face.  This world without him in it.

    Mercy please

    Posted by Monica Caniggia on February 9, 2016 at 4:43pm — 3 Comments

    I heard that screaming again...

     I remember the first time I heard it.  I had never heard anything quite like it before, nor since.  It was the winter of 1976-77.  My parents and I had moved into an upstairs apartment.  It always started around midnite, a low menacing growl. Like something wild snarling softly in the bushes. But then the sound would grower louder and more intense, until finally it had grown into the high pitched shrieking of something tormented, demonic even!  I would bury my face into my pillow until the…

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    Posted by Felicia Sanders on February 8, 2016 at 11:24pm — 1 Comment

    Still don't know what the fuck to do ...

    Yesterday I didn't shower. Didn't even bother getting out of my pajamas. Realizing Friday what day that was a year ago seemed to open the wound. I wasn't expecting that. Wasn't even thinking that would be a trigger. It made me remember how everything was finally coming into reach. Something I've wanted all my life. Something Gary and I had been fighting so hard for.

    I saw a picture yesterday from what looked like handful of years ago of one of my exes and his wife on her FB page. She…

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    Posted by rachel_michelle on February 7, 2016 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

    12 steps - grief

    12 Steps in Grief Process

    1.RECOVER FROM A LOVED ONE'S DEATH REQUIRES MORE THAN TIME.

    Yet, if we allow ourselves the time to mourn we can gradually break grief's grip on us. Recognizing the role and value of the grieving process orients us to accepting the fact of the death. Acceptance marks a major step towards recovery.

    2.GRIEF IS UNIVERSAL - GRIEVERS ARE DISTINCTIVE.

    Grieving follows a pattern, but each griever experiences it…

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    Posted by Diana Y on February 6, 2016 at 7:55pm — 3 Comments

    so broken

    its so hard everyday to get up, I feel like the walking dead. I cant think any more, I don't dream, I just cry. my dr says the drepression is getting worse, I don't care, I just want to go with my son, this hell I live in  is killing me, I just want to go. to be happy with my shawn, everyone says you got the memories, well im saying I don't want them, I want my baby, I want to see his smile, his laugh, to hug him, kiss him, to hear his voice.  I pray to die,  to be this broken in side, this…

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    Posted by kim on February 5, 2016 at 9:36pm — 2 Comments

    Tear soaked pillow

    Tears have soaked my pillow since that dreaded night,

    Longing to have you next to me and in my sight.

    Sometimes the only thing I can do is breathe,

    And cry and shout and mourn and grieve!

    Your baby girl asks me questions that I sometimes don't have the answers to,

    But for me I just have to keep pushing through!

    Your big girl often points to that special star at night,

    And for me it's the glow of the burning candle light.

    The girls and I are missing you so… Continue

    Posted by Rhiannon Thomas-Bethel on February 4, 2016 at 10:32pm — 2 Comments

     
     
     

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