The final good-bye…
Here, at Atlantic Photo Supply, we help chronicle a family’s celebrations of life, joy and laughter, through photographs. From babies to seniors, school and wedding photos, treasured family Reunions, and everything in between, we all take pride and pleasure in helping record your family’s history. Sadly, a loved one’s passing is also a part of that history, and the one families are least prepared for.
At this sad time when families are already having to deal with their incredible sense of grief and loss, and navigate the complicated process of planning a funeral, they’re frantically trying to find an image of their departed loved one, hoping to have them enlarged to a reasonable size to represent them at the funeral or memorial service. Unfortunately, in many of these instances, the only photograph available is perhaps a wallet sized photo, or a group shot taken at a wedding, where the individual is so small, enlargement is almost impossible.
You would be surprised at how often this happens. This past September alone, we had three in as many weeks. One reproduction was from a wallet sized black and white identification photo; another was from a candid 4x6 underexposed snapshot of the deceased someone had taken at a party; and in another instance, a low resolution cell phone image taken at an anniversary party. When a customer comes in, grieving and bewildered, we try to do our utmost to make the process of providing an image for the funeral service as prompt and painless as possible, but we’re often limited to what we can do with these types of images.
Too often in this age of youth and new technology, our parents and grandparent’s lives blend into the background of our own. We tend to forget who these men and women were when they were very much in the foreground of their own lives. In this digital age, less than a third of every digital image taken is ever printed so the likelihood of having that important portrait on hand becomes even less likely.
What is the most recent photograph you have of your own mom or your dad? My mom was captured rarely, fleetingly, most often in the background, taking care of everyone else first. It wasn’t until she passed away, suddenly, unexpectedly, that we realized we didn’t have one nice photograph of her.
I guess we always thought there would be “time” later.
So don’t wait.
Have you considered having a family portrait taken? Since you’re all there and ready to go, discuss with your photographer the possibility of taking some individual portraits as well. At the very least, the next time your mom is all dolled up to go shopping or to the latest family bridal shower, take the time to capture that smile. How about capturing Dad proudly showing off his garden, or Great Aunt Margaret telling family stories at the latest baby shower?
Do you have a favourite photo of your loved ones? An image that captures their essence, their spirit and personality? Start snapping, and printing. Hint: it’s a lot easier to find a photograph that’s already in a frame!