My granddad passed away on the 3rd of October 2012. He lived to a ripe old age of 94. Since he suffered from a stroke more than 2 years ago, I have been photographing him and my grandmother whenever I go over for a visit. The photos are for my own record and to show my children, in future, who their great-grandparents were. I posted some photos from this series last year in a blog post –> SEE HERE.
In a fitting conclusion to this series, I decided to photo-document the funeral wake as well as the scattering of my granddad’s ashes a week later. This ending is a tribute to him and my 91-year old grandmother. They celebrated 70 years of marriage this year and truly were only parted through death.
“What matters is not what you photograph, but why and how you photograph it. Even the most controversial subject, if depicted by a sensitive photographer with honesty, sympathy, and understanding, can be transformed into an emotionally rewarding experience.” ~Andreas Feininger
I totally agree with the above quote by Andreas Feininger and I hope that most of the photographs I take will lead to an emotionally rewarding experience for viewers. The following is a small selection of photos from the funeral and the scattering of ashes. Farewell Grandpa!
“Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus’ feet!
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again!”
~Jeremiah E. Rankin (1828-1904)