A new imaginal practice, Dreamscaping, addresses the needs of End-of-Life families in early intervention or in vigil by offering the patient or family members “a picture of a memory you have, or wish you had.” In the Interview/Brainstorming Phase, the “memory artist” (as these practitioners are called) teases out long-forgotten joys and regrets. In the Creation Phase, magical thinking – by all present and willing – produces a plausible prescriptive memory (see Experience Dreamscape) that is jotted down, and then off site, visualized by the memory artist (rendered in Photoshop as a photomontage or as a photo collage created by hand). This involves re-contextualizing family photos and stand in photos from other photographers into a tangible dreamscape – which pre- or post-loss can be shared in campaigns (virtually in Facebook/email, or literally, say, imprinted on a T-shirt). Designed to re-energize the patient and their family and friends, EOL and bereavement dreamscapes fill individuals with newfound purpose, hope and a call to action. The case studies shown here each reflect the original photos (provided by the family or patient) and the dreamscape made for siblings, parents, children, partners, or in the last two, for the patients themselves.
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