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Ma’s House Offers an Exhibition on Loss

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Ava (father loss, 5 years out) holding her father Eloy's paint smock. COURTESY LUNA PEAK FOUNDATION

Ava (father loss, 5 years out) holding her father Eloy's paint smock. COURTESY LUNA PEAK FOUNDATION

authorStaff Writer on Feb 4, 2023

Ma’s House will present “Beyond Grief: Snapshots of Life After Loss,” in collaboration with Luna Peak Foundation. The show went on view February 4 and runs through March 25. Through portraits, mementos, stories and advice, “Beyond Grief” explores how a diverse array of grievers navigate and rebuild after a life-changing loss. This exhibition will feature portrait photography and personal stories from grievers as well as opportunities for visitor contributions. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, February 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. In addition, the founders of Luna Peak will be hosting a photo and writing workshop on Friday, March 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to share their own stories as part of the exhibition experience. Visits are by appointment only.

Luna Peak Foundation is a nonprofit supporting the cancer and grief communities through story-sharing books, interactive workbooks, community building events and online support resources.

Luna Peak Foundation was founded by Gracelyn Bateman and Melody Lomboy-Lowe. The niece-aunt duo both come to the field with a personal connection to supporting cancer and grief survivors. After losing her father at age 26, Bateman’s priority has been to uplift survivor stories within the grief community by creating a broader conversation around how society deals with loss. Bateman is certified by the David Kessler Grief Educator program, Going with Grace End-of-Life Training program with Alua Arthur, and a member of the National End of Life Doula Alliance.

Lomboy-Lowe was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age six and has been a cancer warrior ever since, setting her on a course to help newly diagnosed cancer patients. At a young age she spoke nationally for various cancer charities, helping to raise money for cancer research. She now volunteers as a counselor for camps for children with cancer. Luna Peak Foundation donates books to hospitals, hospice and palliative care centers, retirement facilities, pediatric oncology wards, therapist offices, and support groups.

Ma’s House “Beyond Grief: Snapshots of Life After Loss” is on view at Ma’s House from February 4th through March 25th, 2023, by appointment.

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