Courtesy of NextAvenue.org | By Kevyn Burger | Photo Credits: Amanda Reseburg |Originally Published 08.15.2017 | Posted 11.06.2018
Scenes from a loved one’s final days can be moving and meaningful
Wilma Jensen didn’t mind admitting that she was a little vain. The theater director, Red Hat Society chapter founder and one-time Avon Lady always wanted to look her best, a quality she shared with her two girls.
“We know we look better with our eyeliner on,” said her daughter Erika Bender, now 37. “That’s how we roll.”
That was true for Jensen’s last moment in the spotlight.
Last Moments, Memorialized
A longtime breast cancer survivor, Jensen was 70 when her cancer metastasized in 2014. A few days before Christmas, she went into hospice care in a facility in her hometown of Beloit, Wis.
Her family was gathered there when they were asked if they would like a session with a photographer to capture some of their last hours together.
“At first, I wasn’t sure,” Bender confessed. “I wondered if it would be intrusive and too sad.”
But her mother, never camera shy, rallied to be picture perfect for the session.
“She put on her makeup and took her oxygen out to get pretty,” Bender said. Continue reading “Hospice Photography Creates Legacy for Families”