Sunday, February 20, 2011

iheartfaces | Saying Goodbye



This weekend, Samuel said good-bye to a teammate and friend.  It's hard to lose someone your own age.  The reality of your own mortality becomes impossible to ignore.  It's a sudden wake-up call that that we are on this earth but for a moment.  This life is just a stopping point.  It's a chance to discover our Creator and choose for ourselves with whom we want to spend eternity.  This life is a gift.

Some say that writing is a healthy outlet for grief.  I would have to agree.  It's an expression of the soul.  For me, photography is also an outlet for grief.  I took dozens of photos three years ago at the consecutive funerals of my two remaining grandparents.  I didn't care if people thought it was inappropriate.   It was grief therapy - an expression of my soul.  My cell phone camera was a little less conspicuous on this night.  Even now, as I look at this picture, I know that healing has begun.

We'll miss you, Sanders.
We are praying for all those whose lives you touched.



17 comments:

  1. What a touching post. So sorry to hear of your loss.

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  2. Very touching...and the black/white, perfect for that moment.

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  3. what a beautiful photo. so sorry for your loss.

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  4. So sad... That photo is a lovely capture of the moment

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  5. So sad, and the grief is palpable in this photo. It's very touching.

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  6. very touching photo! You will be so happy you have captured this picture! Priceless.

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  7. This is amazing! I can really feel the moment. I've been to 3 funerals over the past 2 months. Photography was very much a part of two of them. I think capturing even the sad moments are important for the healing process. I'm sorry to hear about such a young life passing away far too early.

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  8. wow. What a sweet young man. I'm sorry for his loss :(

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  9. I am so sorry for Andrew's loss. What a beautiful picture. You captured the moment perfectly.

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  10. I'm sorry for your loss. I saw your picture on iheartfaces. What a solemn event, but it is captured beautifully in this picture. You can feel the emotion. You don't even need words with this post, the picture speaks for itself. (yet, I do agree with you writing and photography are a healthy outlet for grief.)

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  11. Amazing photo. So sorry for your loss.

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  12. We are going through the same thing here - we are losing a very much loved teacher to colon cancer, and we are getting ready for the vigils, and I feel as a mom it's in appropriate that I take pictures, but I know that it will be my release to get through this with the kids (my teens) by taking pictures. Beautiful picture -

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