Friday, May 24, 2013

Seriously Awesome...

Jacqueline in Texas sent this in. Be careful. It's mighty dusty out today...

Soulumination: Non-profit photographs terminally ill children for families
In 1996, Lynette Johnson, a professional photographer, was approached by her sister-in-law Sally Elliot with a difficult request. Elliot’s daughter and Johnson’s niece, Lanie, had been stillborn and Elliot wanted Johnson to take a picture of her before her funeral.

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” Johnson, 59, based out of Seattle, Wash., told FoxNews.com. “But I’m so glad I did it.”
Speaking as a parent, the thought of one of my kids suffering from a terminal disease is the worst thing I can imagine. It's been hard enough the (fortunately very few) times they've been really sick or hurt (TheBoy broke his arm in Kindergarten; Baby Girl G fell down the stairs and needed stitches when she was 2); I can't imagine how terrifying it must be to hear that your child has a potentially fatal illness.

That's where the angels of Soulumination come in. They will set up professional, seriously ass-kicking photo shoots free of charge for the sick kids and their families so that there will be some happy memories of a very dark and troublesome time. Mere words cannot express how awesome this is; how generous these people are, and how big their hearts must be to do this.

It's good, I think, to stop and realize that - even in the darkest of times - there is good in this world...

That is all.


2 comments:

Andie said...

That is an amazing group of folks with an extraordinary mission. Thank you, and Jacqueline in TX, for the share...

Shane W said...

That is awesome. My wife is an OB/Gyn nurse and I'd never heard of anything like that til I met her 5 years ago. She actually took some pics for a friend when her baby was stillborn. There's another group that trains volunteer photogs also
http://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org/
Amazing people!