The Short of It
A Georgia mom who lost her 8-year-old son to leukemia in May is paying tribute to him with a family wedding photo featuring his angelic image.
Anna Bozman says she felt the presence of her son Lake on the day of her wedding, so it seemed only natural to her to have him digitally added to an image of the family.
Photographer Brandy Angel made Bozman's dream a reality, and now, the touching photograph has gone viral. It features Bozman and her new husband, Travis Thompson, alongside their two children Trindon, 5, and Cambree, 2. Also pictured is a slightly faded image of Lake.
"I wanted people to see that he is an angel," Bozman explains. "I'm sure some people look at it in a different way. To me, it's comforting. I felt his presence there. So for me, it was the right thing to do."
On Facebook, Bozman further detailed why it was so important for her beloved son to be in the wedding photo: "Although I felt his presence that day and I was actually happy, it was almost unbearable to take family pictures without him."
The powerful wedding image is reminiscent of another photo tribute that went viral recently featuring a mom and her sons posing with shadows of the children she lost to miscarriage.
"I cried out of sadness, but then there were tears of joy because it's like he really was there. It keeps him alive. I felt Lake's presence at our wedding and it's like he really was there," She lost her son to leukemia in May, but he was not far from their hearts. Hear the full story behind this touching photo in her own words: https://bit.ly/1k6hCZIPosted by FOX 5 Atlanta on Monday, November 2, 2015
Given the popularity of the photo, Angel and a colleague have pledged on Facebook to create a similar picture at no charge for anyone who has lost a child to cancer. Go to BeTheChange, Brandy Angel Foundation's website, to learn more.