Here are just a few examples:
Your first wedding (which ended in divorce).
Happy family pictures before the divorce changed everything.
The last holiday gathering with all of your children before the family feud
Your parents 50th wedding anniversary when your siblings were still alive.
The last time your children and stepchildren were all together.
The last time you were with your grandchildren before their parents divorced or moved far away.
The last Christmas you spent with your first cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.
You and your best friend, before she died of cancer.
I can think of many other pictures that would bring even more tears. A beloved family member who later died a tragic death. A loved one before she was diagnosed with dementia. That list could go on and on. The gut wrenching thing about those before and after pictures, is that you had no idea this would be the “last time,” when those photographs were taken.
After about an hour, we had to stop. There was way too much joy, love, heartbreak and nostalgia packed into those old albums. Photographs that catch those last moments of happiness before things went South take a lot out of you. Right now, I’m going for a walk in the park. And yes, we saved all of those photos.