A Cherished Legacy Project
In Loving Memory of Cheri Repasky
My grandma passed away on June 20, 2017 from metastatic breast cancer. Words can't even describe how much she meant to me and my children. I miss her immensely. The last 3 weeks of her life she was in hospice care. After her death, I realized that I never took a single picture of her at the end when our family was there with her. I realized that I missed something that would have been precious to me. This missed opportunity would soon spur the idea for this project.
Around Christmas of 2017 I got a call from a hospice care taker. I didn't know her, but she said told me that she was the care taker of an elderly man who was dying of prostate cancer. She was calling for his wife and told me about her wishes of getting a few pictures of them together. She asked if I would be up for doing something like that. Instantly my heart started beating out of my chest. All I could think about was my grandma. Of course I would go to their house and take those precious images of them as they begin their journey of saying goodbye. I cried while telling her about how I had lost my grandma and how important pictures are to me and how it would be my honor to do this for them as a gift.
So my ah-ha moment came when I hung up the phone. I could share my gift with families to provide them with memories that they'll treasure after their loved one is gone.
If you or someone you know would like to have a complimentary session with A Cherished Legacy Project, please contact your Hospice Agency or Heather directly at Heatherschmaderphoto@yahoo.com.
“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.”
― Sabaa Tahir, An Ember in the Ashes