When my husband Roy passed away suddenly after just 5 years of marriage, I was devastated. For my healing, I spent as much time as possible on my paddle board. It was my quiet place to connect to myself, Mother Nature and grieve. I felt supported by the ocean and comforted by dolphins, turtles, fish, a few sharks, and to my surprise, even a whale.
After paddling for a year, Roy must have known I was in need of help. I was alive, but I wasn’t really living. I was going through the motions of life but had no passion or zest for living. He came to me in a dream one night, took me to a shopping mall and led me to the camera counter. He said, “I want you to have this Canon professional camera for Christmas.” The dream was so vivid, I awoke knowing he visited me. I thought about buying a camera for a few weeks and I decided I didn’t want to wait until Christmas. It was April 2017 when I had the dream, and I couldn’t wait.
With my new camera in hand, while taking sunrise photos, a white egret started showing up, walking the beach with me and posing for photos. He was named Francis by my Facebook friends. I credit him for introducing me to the personalities of birds. Roy knew taking pictures of birds would breathe passion back into my life, giving me a renewed sense of excitement and joy.
The following February, I had another dream where I was photographing orcas in the water. The next night, February 18, 2018, I was in the water snapping photos of dolphins at sunset which led to a wonderful journey with new flippered friends.
Just before COVID, Brent Eite with Focal Point Videography and I got together to make a few YouTube videos. Those videos quickly turned into making a documentary. The short film shares my story, highlighting healing through nature and my relationship with dolphins. For more information about the documentary, My Invisible Husband https://www.myinvisiblehusband.com/
To rent the film click this link https://vimeo.com/ondemand/myinvisiblehusband
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