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That's what Amanda Reseburg, owner of Type A Images replica cartier Santos 100, 136 W. Grand Ave. replica omega Seamaster 300m, Suite 240, in Beloit, said about her experience with Beloit Regional Hospice. Reseburg volunteers her time to take photos of people during their last moments.

"I want to make sure they have beautiful images their families can look back on," she said.

In 2008, right after Reseburg started Type A Images, her grandmother passed away from colon cancer. Her grandmother had benefited from Hospice care, but Reseburg felt bad she didn't have more pictures of her. In her last weeks, Reseburg had been too busy caring for her to capture images.

A year later Reseburg read a book about Hospice photography and started thinking how people photograph the beginning of life, weddings and anniversaries, but don't photograph the end of life.

"It's kind of unspoken," she said.

She decided she would take a documentary approach to her photography and offer it to Beloit Regional Hospice patients free of charge. After all Replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak - Replica Watches UK Sale, she wanted to capture their last moments having fun, playing cards of celebrating with family. She named her free program Kindred Spirits.

Hospice loved the idea, and since 2009 Reseburg has photographed 25 to 30 people at the end of life. She typically goes into their homes and does birthday or anniversary parties to include patients being surrounded by loved ones. Occasionally, someone doesn't have family and she'll take pictures of them with their favorite pets.

Some of the Hospice patients have passed away hours or days after Reseburg leaves. Whereas she typically takes a few days to develop her pictures for her business, she gets prints or a DVD to Hospice patients as soon as possible.

Some of the patients haven't had professional pictures for so long they are a little nervous about not looking their best. But once they realize they can have their loved ones in their pictures, they usually want as many photos as they can get.

Reseburg only brings a camera and a speedy lens, opting not to fill the room with studio equipment. She briefly introduces herself and gets to work. She takes special care to remain stealthy so she can get the most authentic images.

"I want to capture genuine emotion and connection," she said.

Most of her photo subjects have now passed away. She admits what's most difficult about her work is seeing so many elderly people with little means or family. But she's comforted Hospices goes out of its way to make sure the end of their lives are happy and comfortable.

Although it's bittersweet to hear one of her photo subjects has passed on, she's relieved to know she got there in time and was able to give them something they wouldn't have otherwise had.

Reseburg hopes more photography is used in conjunction with Hospice and she said many people have contacted her from around the country and world wanting to get more information about end of life photography programs.

Kindred Spirits was recently recognized by WPPI, a wedding photography association, as their Photolanthropy of the Month for September 2010 and in the May 2011 issue of Professional Photographer Magazine.