And I will dwell in the house of the Lord. Forever. Psalm 23

The pastor said, "Keep taking pictures.  They will be an important part of healing and comfort."

I wasn't going to take more than a couple distant shots as people were gathering for my nephew Todd's memorial service in May, 2017.  I wanted to assure this fine pastor that I would definitely not take pictures during a sacred service.  He responded with, "You definitely should....keep shooting, girl."  

I wasn't going to share the pictures either but with the families encouragement, I share these images to continue the mission to de-stigmatize depression.  Todd's life and death could be any of ours.    

 

 My husband gathered various woods from our workshop to make this box for the ashes. 

My husband gathered various woods from our workshop to make this box for the ashes. 

I'm glad I did this for our family.  They are valuing the visuals of a day that was a blur with tired brains and heavy hearts.  I'm also glad I did this as a photographer because seeing genuine emotion, the most raw kind, is the place I want to be.

 

It is a wonder how flowers can bring deep feelings when let go with love.    

Todd, we honor your life with love and respect.

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