There is a cliche saying that says, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” I know we hear it all the time, but really, have you ever thought about the priceless value of an image? I don’t like to think that I have regrets in life, but there is one regret that I have. To be honest with you, it sticks me with every day, and that is that I have very few photos of my mother and I together, in my teenage years. I have looked and looked, and there are little to no picture of just my mother and I in the few years before she died, and I hate that. It’s one of the reasons that I take so many pictures of my kids and it’s one of the reasons that I say, “sorry, not sorry,” when I ask people to take pictures of me and my kids together. Pictures are so valuable when you’ve lost someone that you love, because it’s the only physical thing that you have to remember them by, where you can see them, and feel the emotion behind that image. Today’s guest realized the value of an image in the most unimaginable way possible.
THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE OF SKYLAR
Ashley shares the inspiration behind the start of Love Not Lost, the life of her daughter Skylar. At around 2 months, Skylar was diagnosed with SMA, a disease that she was told would take her daughter’s life before the age of 1 year old. Thanks to an SMA researcher, the Jones’ family had 21 months with their daughter. After her passing, photographs were what helped Ashley through the grieving process, and so she wanted to provide that same resource for those approaching the loss of a loved one.
CAPTURING THE LIVES OF OTHERS
Love Not Lost was brought to life on November 19, 2015, what would’ve been Skylar’s 4th Birthday. Ashley asked her friends and family to come together support her vision for providing photography to families approaching a loss, so that they’d have memories to cherish long after their loved one had passed.
LOVING OTHERS DURING HARD TIMES
Molly and Ashley discuss how difficult it can be to approach a friend or family member who has lost a loved one, and what you can do to love them where they are. Love Not Lost provides incredible resources for those looking to support their loved ones through hard times.
About Ashley Jones Founder of Love Not Lost;
After losing her daughter to a terminal condition, Ashley developed a new perspective on success, life, and love. Her passion for helping others, her photography skills, and her own personal experience through grief and loss, led her to create Love Not Lost.
The driving question she asks daily is “How can we love people better?” She is constantly working on new initiatives and resources for Love Not Lost to answer that question as well as loving her husband, family, friends, and community better in her personal life. She loves speaking to companies, conferences, and groups about grief, love, and making the most of the time we have.
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