I have not been contributing as many articles as of late. One of the primary reasons for this has been because there has been a death in my family. My beloved brother is no longer with us. While I am still mourning his loss, I want to share with you how I used my scrapbooking abilities during the time of his passing.
The service for my brother was only for family and his closest friends. It was extremely informal at the gravesite, and then we returned to my mother’s home to eat and simply be together.
I live in Mobile, Alabama, and my mother lives in Iowa just as my brother had lived in Iowa. Much of the family had to travel to Iowa to attend this service, and many of us hadn’t seen each other for several years. Death, it seems, is the one thing that brings people together.
In any event, prior to traveling to Iowa, I had gone through my photographs and scanned some I thought best showed my brother at various ages of his life. Some pictures showed him interacting with other family members. Some pictures were so old that they were taken with black and white film. One picture in particular showed all of the children posing together.
I then brought enough supplies with me on the plane so that when I arrived in Iowa I could make a “Celebration of a Life” display. It didn’t take very long because I had done most of the prep work in Alabama. I included a copy of a letter to the editor that my brother had written to the local newspaper and that they’d published as well as the copy of his letter to me where he described his surprise that they’d published it.
Not everyone had known about the letter to the editor, so this was something for people to read and talk about. However, it was all of the pictures that caused the most interest.
The “Celebration of a Life” display was certainly worth doing for the family. It gave us a focus when we all felt a little lost. And, to be perfectly honest, I think it helped me more than anyone. One must express grief, and doing it in a creative way not only lets express the grief and get it out, but it lets you share your feelings in a positive way with those around you.
I highly recommend making this sort of display when one loses someone close to them. It is more than mere scrapbooking; it is love expressed.
Source: personal knowledge and experience