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A loving wife commissions a black and white valentine in the form of a legacy photomontage portrait of three generations. This work of art combines several photographs: husband Dennis as a linebacker, shots of their Maui honeymoon, Halloween pics of the kids, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle and Chef Mickey’s Cafe (a yearly pilgrimage), and her in-laws (now deceased).

At Dennis’s request, angels Grandma and Grandpa appear to watch over this sublime scene, radiating love from the hereafter. To this day, little Maria believes her beauty marks are a kiss from Grandma and Grandpa. Desiree, Dennis’s wife, explains:

“Walking up the stairs, it’s the first thing you see. Every time I pass it – you know how photos get old? When they get old, they get old like furrniture – well, not this one.” 


Suggested reading: Dreamscaping, Reflections on a New Medium in Grief Recovery: Therapeutic Photomontage (Living With Loss Magazine)