Louise is a writer and an artist, a creative, three-dimensional thinker with a streak of wry. I adore her and hope you do too. She has an incredible month ahead and a very achievable cool challenge for the month of October.
One thing we all share in common, despite our particular and unique experiences of baby loss, is that we continue to live on in this world after our babies have departed. We are left to negotiate the everyday. Life/time has the audacity to continue on regardless in the face of our grief.We wake and sleep, eat and drink, walk and talk, navigating our way through a world at once familiar and bewilderingly unknown. Absence amongst the everyday. Can we see it? Is our baby’s absence visible in our lives.October is Baby Loss Awareness month.Last year, in Ireland, one of our radio stations asked anyone who wanted to submit a photograph or photographs that they took on a designated day. The results, collated into a book, captured a picture of life in Ireland one day in 2011. It wasn’t just beautiful landscapes or smiling families. The photographs told a much bigger story of friendship, simple pleasures, sadness, changing circumstances, occasion and everyday.Over the month of October, I would love people to send in photos of any aspect of the everyday in their lives after the loss of their child with a few lines explaining why they chose the photo(s). The aim is to capture a picture of our everyday, during this month of awareness, as we negotiate our way through life post loss.
Please send your submissions into still life 365 through our gmail account at stilllife365days(at)gmail(dot)com. Please do not forget the DAYS part of the email addie. And please use submission in the subject line. It helps us organize the in-box.
Thank you, and if you are interested in editing this space, please contact me through stilllife365days(at)gmail(dot)com.