The day before Ben and Ali married, they closed on their house so they did wedding photos in the empty house. Ali's sister Melanie (a professional photographer) took the pictures.
Then, in 2011 Ali passed away from cancer, leaving behind her husband Ben and a 1 year old daughter named Olivia. Eventually, he and Olivia were ready to move out of the house they had shared with Ali. He asked Melanie to once again take pictures in the house - this time of him and Olivia. In a moving series of photos, Ben and 3 year old Olivia are captured in similar poses as a way of saying goodbye to the house he and Ali lived in.
In her blog the Nunerys, Melanie describes feeling her sister Ali frequently and the signs she uses to communicate. During the photo session, she received one of these special signs and felt "nudges" of guidance from Ali.
In his blog Rock Pink 4 Ali, Ben explains what he was feeling during the photo shoot and what he continues to feel for Ali.
I especially connect with Ben's quote, toward the end of Ramisetti's article:
"I hope that people can see it as evidence of a love that Ali and I shared
that is still very deep, [and] that love carries on, and it doesn't die," he said.
"People who don't know us personally but may have
experience with losing a loved one can see that as an example of healing and life moving on.
It doesn't mean that we forget our loved ones,
but find ways to remember them and keep that memory going."
What a beautiful way to say "I love you" to his wife and their life together and what a creative and inspirational way to say "goodbye" to their home. When a loved one dies, photos are a wonderful way to honor a LOVE that NEVER DIES.