My grandmother passed away last week. She was in her 90th year and the last of my grandparents to pass away. Living in another country physically removed from the the events makes it somehow seem somewhat surreal and untrue. Yet the reality of this life event is very real and very true. I take comfort and am thankful that she was surrounded by family and friends.
As I reflected on her life and wrote a few thoughts that were read out at the funeral, it gave me a chance to again remind myself about what really matters. I'm sure that no amount of education, prosperity, achievement (not that any of those are wrong in themselves) and most other things that people tend to spend the majority of their life chasing after will ever cut the mustard. As it's been said before, no one on their death bed asks for their degrees, currency or popularity numbers. Most just simply want to be with and around family at the end and I think that's because at the end that's what really counts as real 'lifewealth'.
The sad thing is I'm sure there's a (hopefully not increasing) number of people who are checking out at the end of their time without anyone surrounding them. Or a greater tragedy, there are people, but because of hurt, broken relationships or stubbornness they find themselves isolated and alone.
I hope that's not the case for you.
While we have the time, the chance, the opportunity let's invest our energies into making our families and relationships the very best that they can be. For in doing so we are creating for ourselves a priceless lifewealth - a wealth that can and should be passed on to future generations.
That's why I love photographing families. Because they're building something of value and worth - creating memories. The 'who' is still the most important element, because it's those we share the journey with that makes life memorable at the end and to be surrounded by them is worth a lot.
Matthew Couper Photography - capturing life as it happens.