This week I spent some time getting ready for a Grief support group that is hosted by Hospice of the South Plains. It's coming up on Tuesday, May 21 at 1:30 p.m. at their office near 82nd and Quaker. It's open to anyone, so if you'd like to come, you are welcome.
I was asked to talk about journaling and photos, so I thought I would share a little here as well about how I got started with recording the stories that go along with our photos and why that is meaningful to me.
When I was a young mom busy raising a toddler we found that another baby was on the way. But about halfway through my pregnancy, we found out that we wouldn't be bringing this little girl home. She had a fatal birth defect, anencephaly, where her brain had not fully developed and would only live a short time after birth.
One thing that I could do to prepare for our short time with our daughter was to be ready to take photos and videos of our time with her. We had that 12 hours with her, and then as we grieved over her loss, we had those photos to look at and remember. As it got close to her first birthday, I found out about a company that taught other people how to preserve their memories in photo safe albums and that's when my photo business began. I knew how meaningful those photos were to me and through the nearly 24 years since then, God has brought many people into my life through my business that have lost a child.
Photos are a very personal thing and people have photos of happy and sad occasions in their life. People want to record their history because they don't want that history lost. When you are grieving, there is a fear that the person you lost will be forgotten. Recording those stories is a way to keep those stories safe.
So why do you want to share your photos and stories? I'd love to hear from you as you think about why your story matters. If you want to hear more about our story and how it can help with loss, come join us on Tuesday. It might be just what you need to hear in your season of life.