Photos and the Grieving Process

I came across a saying last week and it stuck with me:

“If you don’t think photos are important, wait until they are all you have left.”

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I am not posting this to be a downer, or to guilt people into doing photo sessions, but rather as a somber reminder about the unpredictability of life.

Over the past few years I have watched so many people I care about lose people in their lives for a variety of reasons. Some who were older and some who were not.

Parents, siblings, children.

Loss is a profound thing. It is so incredibly personal and it’s effects are lingering. The loss of a loved one can change your entire life.

But there has been one constant that I have noticed throughout it all. Photos.

It is really, REALLY important to me that you understand that I am NOT talking about this to promote myself or my business, but rather to give you something to think about.

Every time I have experienced loss or watched someone else experience it, it is always photographs of the deceased that the bereaved grasp for. A photo of their smile, their connection to each other, a sense of their presence regardless of the circumstances. It is a tangible reminder of a person who you can no longer hold or talk to. It is a gift whose value often is unknown until it is all we have left.

I believe that the photos we take throughout our lives serve a purpose greater than just to compare growth, capture cute images, or have a Holiday card. These images that we create play a huge role in the grieving process and in the celebration of ones life.

So take photos of your loved ones. Whether you hire a professional or use your camera phone, it’s important. You will NEVER regret it. I promise.

Jessica MontanezComment