When someone you love passes away and is suddenly no longer in your life, you're left with remnants of their life. Remnants of who they once were. Its strange to think of this irony that when you die you can't take things with you, but you do leave them behind, and sometimes they live on for you taking on a whole different value.
you can't count out the equipment you use to get the picture you want. Sure, if you know what you're doing and you have the eye, you can get a picture with a box camera or a digital camera. It doesn't matter. But you also have to remember that if you're going to be doing this for more than a couple days on a whim, you want a camera that suits your style, is comfortable for you to work with, and that gives you the features you need to achieve that style.