A Photo a Week Challenge: Comfort

Comfort in a time of loss

Photography as an art allows us to preserve so many important memories in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. This last Thanksgiving, my father passed away after a long illness. At the graveside, I was able to capture this personal moment between my mother and her bishop (LDS pastor). The bishop had given my parents much comfort during Dad’s illness, and his words at the funeral and graveside showed that he not only knew but cared deeply about my parents. We all felt comforted by his kindness and love.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE PHOTOS THAT SHOW OR GIVE COMFORT.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone, But Not Forgotten

Flowers from Dad's casket

For Dad’s funeral, Mom didn’t want a large flower arrangement for the casket, so she asked each of us to pick a rose color to personally place on the casket at the graveside. We had two of each color (lavender, yellow with red tips, deep peach, dark red, and pink), for each child and their spouse. The grandsons added their white pallbearer carnations, and the granddaughters placed pick carnations. Mom’s was the sole white rose.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Enduring Love

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Endure: remain in existence, last.

This has been a difficult week for my family. My father passed away on Sunday. He had suffered with illness for a long time, but he was able to stay at home and be cared for by my mother. For the last five months, nurses and aids from hospice came each morning to get Dad ready for the day, and at night, one of us children would go and help Mom get him ready for bed. Because we were fortunate enough to live close to my parents, my sisters and I were able to spend a lot of time with Mom and Dad. When he passed away, he was surrounded by his loving wife and family. This past summer, my parents celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. Watching my mother take care of my father showed me the type of bond that allows two people to endure the trials and hardships that come to every marriage. Because of their unshaken commitment and devotion to each other, Mom had the strength and ability to care for Dad until the end.

These photos were taken at my nephews wedding almost three years ago. I love the shot of Dad brushing off the seat before Mom sits down. I love the comfortable feeling they have together as they wait for the group pictures to be taken. This is something that comes with only long-term, for the long-haul commitment.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT REPRESENTS A LOVE THAT HAS ENDURED HARDSHIPS AND TRIALS.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

A Photo a Week Challenge: In Memoriam

In memoriam

The Latin phrase in memoriam means in memory of, especially in a epitaph. As today is the anniversary of the horrific bombings of the World Trade Towers in New York City, I wanted to honor the memory someone from my life who served his country. My father-in-law served in the United States Army. One of his grandsons is currently serving in the United States Marines (he is the pallbearer in uniform). I feel we sometimes take for granted the sacrifices of the people who keep us safe and risk everything to do so. This week’s challenge is for those people, around the world, who have given their all to protect their country, whatever country it may be.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT DEPICTS REMEMBERING SOMEONE WHO IS NO LONGER WITH US.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

Weekly photo challenge: Foreshadowing

Dad MerrillMemorial Day 2012, my husband and I went with his parents to visit the cemeteries and put flowers on family graves. Dad was very tired, and we found this bench where he could rest and enjoy the view. This Memorial Day, we visited his grave and honored him with flowers. We miss you, Dad.

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