Doug and Eirwen on their wedding day by helenhall

Doug and Eirwen on their wedding day

On this day in May, the day of my own father's funeral, my father in law died.

It has been a sad and busy time for my family. We have two estates to sort concurrently, and as an executor without a lawyer, there is much to be done.

I just can't seem to get back to posting again - I can't even get back to photography again although I did have an early morning wander last weekend.

We have Doug's funeral next week. I have been trying to scan old photos - looking for suitable ones to include in the order of service.

Tried to deal with some very shiny textured photographic paper which was causing the scans to be covered with bright dots and found a setting called smooth.

The result, not quite what I was expecting.

Missing you all.
Oh, Helen, so much to deal with at once. You have found a way to bring joy to those who are sad through the magic you have created in this processing. I think it's perfect for capturing a sense of the past, artistically rendered. Most of all, it shows such a moment of happiness. Sending you vibes of strength to deal with what's next. Take care of you.
June 16th, 2021  
i'm so glad you're okay, though. if i was there, i'd help you with the estate thingie.

i love old photographs, even when i do not know the people. and i even love it when they are smiling. try not to stress yourself too much with all these things. i know, easy for me to say, but as miss junko there said best to take care of you. glad to have heard from you. ♥
June 16th, 2021  
This is a wonderful photo. So sorry to hear how much grievous work you need to do. Please try to look after yourself - everything will sort itself out in the end but you must take care not to get too overwhelmed.
We miss you too!
June 16th, 2021  
Ohh, Helen, this is a lovely photograph. What a treasure. It was wonderful to see your name again here on 365. You have my sympathies...I'm so sorry for your losses. What a trying time for you and your family. I will continue to pray for you.

The LORD himself will lead you and be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you, so do not lose courage or be afraid.
— Deuteronomy 31:8
June 17th, 2021  
take care helen, we had to sort funerals and estates for both our mothers in the space of 5 months in December and April, it is difficult x
June 17th, 2021  
Oh that’s tough going kind thoughts are with you and your family , take care
June 17th, 2021  
My sympathies, maybe getting to do two estates at the same time might be better in the long run, and hope that you have lots of happy memories in the meantime to keep you going. glad to hear from you in any case.
June 17th, 2021  
Hugs, so sad to hear this. May they both RIP. Take care of yourself
June 17th, 2021  
love those oldies. Nice memories, sorry for your loss.
June 17th, 2021  
I'm so sorry for your losses. It is a difficult time but it will pass. And these wonderful photos will stay with you. Be careful.
June 17th, 2021  
So sorry Helen, for you and your families at this sad time. Take care and look after one another.
June 17th, 2021  
So sorry that you have had all this to deal with Helen. Take care and we miss you too.
June 18th, 2021  
I'm so sorry to hear of your dual loss- it is a lot to take in and then to add the estate management on top of it is even more emotionally taxing. But I know you will do your best and that in the end the "dust" will settle and you'll be able to pick up where you left off having served your family with all your heart. As others have said, do take care of yourself as best you can. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I think you've done a good job with this picture and processing. I wish I could help you out with the picture prep! But sometimes working through pictures can be really helpful in the grieving process. Please take care and know that your 365 family is thinking of you every step of the way.
June 19th, 2021  
June 22nd, 2021  
oh my goodness helen. i'm trying to catch up a little with 365 and came straight to your feed and found this. i'm so sorry to hear of all the troubles you had before your father died, but so glad that you were able to be with him for some important time together. he sounds like an absolutely remarkable man. i read also that you've lost your father-in-law, my goodness how difficult to have these two losses so close together. i do hope you're doing as well as can be expected. i really like this treatment of doug and eirwen. wishing you bon courage as the french say :)
July 26th, 2021  
Helen... I am so sorry for all the things you have to go through... So many hard things at once... My deepest condolences... My heart and my thoughts are with you.
July 31st, 2021  
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