Welcome everyone to my very first blog post here at Katherine Hahn Forever Photo Organizing. My original idea for a first blog of the year was to create a blog with a clever and catchy tagline relating New Year’s “Resolutions” to photo “Resolutions” and I was going to talk about the ABC’s of photo organizing and to make some suggestions for getting your photo life organized as a priority for your new year. I think I will save that for my next blog because something happened in my family that made me re-think my plan.
We had a death in the family; the husband of my dad’s cousin passed away, suddenly. He was 77 years old and lived a very blessed life, but it was a shock nontheless to the family. This man had done many kind things for me and my family over the years and so I felt very honoured to be able to prepare a memory board and digital photo slideshow for their celebration of life. It was a very beautiful and moving experience for me. I could see going through the photos that there was a lot of life and love in the family. I hadn’t been working on the project very long before these feelings came flooding back to my mind and my heart and my soul about what an awful time this is for families dealing with loss.
So I decided that perhaps instead of blogging about the ABC’s of photo organizing, I would talk about organizing your life- or more to the point- having your personal affairs in order. If you know me or have read my biography on my ABOUT page on the website, you will know that at the age of 45, I lost my beloved husband very suddenly. And while he was a professional man (he was a banker), and had a good deal of his affairs in order, there were so many things that he didn’t have in order simply because we never had a thought that his life would come to an end at such a young age. There were a lot of really difficult things that I had to deal with on my own and decisions I had to make based on conversations Dave and I had when we would be half-joking about “when I die…” .
Part of the reason why I became a photo organizer was because, well I love curating photo collections. It is something I have done personally for many, many years and not just for my little family, but for my extended family and also as a genealogist. But after such loss and having to go through that difficult process, I know that I don’t want others to have to feel the pressure of having to put these things together at such a difficult and sad time. Grief is hard enough without having to deal with the practical realities of living life without your loved one.