Sunday, October 10, 2010

Photo Sunday: Rituals

















Candles.
Sally.
Tuesday's Hope.

about this piece.
We have many candles for Hope, but I don't light them nearly as often as I should. When the mood strikes me, or on significant occasions such as Christmas, I dim the lights and light her candles. I am always amazed at the sense of peace I seem to feel when the candles are burning. -Sally


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Flowers.
Sally.
Tuesday's Hope.


about this piece.
We take flowers to her grave the week of her birthday. She's had two birthdays since she passed, but we have never been in town to visit her resting place on the actual day. We always take daffodils as they bloom just before her birthday. Daffodils are the marker to my season of grief. -Sally


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Cards.
Sally.
Tuesday's Hope.


about this piece.
I collect things. People kept giving us beautiful, delicate, precious things after we lost her and every so often, I would buy something new myself. I can't bear to pack any of it away, so I have it all stored on a small alter for her in the middle of our house. Amidst all the blue, boy stuff I have around the house now with my living son, it is nice to look here at all the pink and the reminder that yes, I did have a daughter once. I do have a daughter. -Sally

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Heart.
Taken 10/4/10
Altered with Picasa
Amy McCarter.
Surviving the Day EveryDay


about the photo.
I bought the red stone heart this year for Liam's 3rd birthday because it reminded me of the memorial tattoo I have on my wrist. -Amy


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Birth Sampler (in progress).
Jill.
Only a Whisper.

about the photo.
I started a cross stitch birth sampler for Emma when I was 34 weeks pregnant.Immediately after she died, I couldn't bring myself to work on it again. But, during my subsequent pregnancy, I felt as though I needed to balance the hard emotional toil of that pregnancy with continuing to grieve for my little daughter. Her cross stitch became my grief project. I wanted to finish it for her second birthday (14th October). I don't think that will happen but that's okay. I kind of like how the word "born" hangs unconnectedly in the centre of it right now. It feels appropriate. It will get finished eventually and, in the meantime, the rhythm of the stitching has become a ritual for me - "every cross, a kiss". -Jill

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Altar.
Megan
Four Ravens.

about this photo.
A photo taken of my altar with four candles, one for each of my son's. -Megan


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Hope.
Girl in the Dark.
Running Into My Life.


about the photo.
This is my picture of hope. I am 5 months pregnant now after losing 2 babies during pregnancy earlier this year. This baby boy is growing well and looking great. October 10th was my due date with the first baby that I had lost, so I did this picture in honor of that little baby. The baby that I carry now obviously wouldn't have existed if either of the 2 previous babies had made it. I don't know why it happened, but it brings me comfort to believe our two babies gave themselves so their little brother could come into this world.-Girl in the Dark.

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Four Photos.
Julie Cozens.

about these photos.
I have come to the conclusion that I like to light candles and release balloons in my baby's name. The Paper bag candles are at the beach on his anniversary, the bowl of candles and the red balloons are from Red Nose Day 2009, where families of babies who died, gather to remember them. There is also a picture of the candle that I keep in my bathroom window, it's the one I light to remember the passing of a soul. -Julie Cozens

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Mizuko Kuyo.
Jennifer.

about this piece.
This photo is of a Mizuko Kuyo ceremony that my husband and I attended for our Kai. -Jennifer



Thank you to everyone who participated in still life 365's Photo Sunday. Photo Sunday is a regular monthly feature of still life 365. On the second Sunday of each month, we will showcase photographs taken around the monthly theme. Monthly themes are announced and explored in various weekly creative challenges. See the sidebar to explore more of October's challenges. The goal of Photo Sunday is to highlight the art of photography and help explore different aspects of grief through the camera lens.
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8 comments:

  1. All of these images are so powerful and touching.

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  2. These photographs are all so full of love and care. Beautiful.

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  3. All of these photos are so beautiful. I wish I'd remembered to submit some myself. Thank you to everyone who shared theirs.x

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  4. I think lighting candles is a shared ritual for many of us. I too light a candle for Liam on special days or those times where I miss him terribly. I nearly photographed his candle, but the red heart caught my eye that day.

    Seeing these photos of rituals we all do for our children is moving. Just beautiful.

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  5. The red heart is stunning Amy, no wonder it became your subject.

    Sometimes I am a bit shy about sharing the things that I do and write and think, its because I don't want to seem strange, I don't really know anyone else who does these things. Its safe to do it here. Thanks for that (to you all), and thanks for sharing your photos.

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  6. i loved seeing this images. oddly comforting. xo

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