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  • Touching gifts

    Hospice nurse Mary Landberg's photographs of hands are a comfort to loved ones
  • A couple of years ago, hospice nurse Mary Landberg started using her iPhone to snap photos of people in their final days, texting them to kinfolk scattered around the country. Many, unable to make the farewell trip to Oregon, expressed profound gratitude for the memories.
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  • A couple of years ago, hospice nurse Mary Landberg started using her iPhone to snap photos of people in their final days, texting them to kinfolk scattered around the country. Many, unable to make the farewell trip to Oregon, expressed profound gratitude for the memories.
    Soon, her attention was drawn to the hands of her patients.
    "They symbolize so much," says Landberg, of Ashland. "Safety, comfort, love, the hands we held crossing the street as children, the hands that waved goodbye, that gave and received, that we adorn with jewelry, that we promise faithfulness in marriage."
    Landberg started posing hands of elders and finding that when images are emailed or texted off to kinfolk, it touches a special place in them, one of "enduring love."
    "Love is all that's left in the end," Landberg says. "That's what I try to capture."
    Landberg calls herself a "charitable photographer" for this and other good causes. She makes photo-quality prints, puts images on CDs and sends them gratis to family members, paying for it with donations.
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