Tuesday, April 29, 2014

365 days of drawing ~ day one hundred nineteen

Trying to get a little shading started.  Worked on D's brain more, well covering it up with his hair anyway (Devany and E would understand).  Fixed up E and D's lips and before I knew it, my little ones were waking from their naps.

I was thinking of all the mamas today that lost their precious babies as well, I was in the room with quite a few at the book signing for To Linger on Hot Coals in downtown Lancaster.  This was the place I was able to meet Violets mother, Devany for the first time in person.  Devany was one of the book contributors and I attended to listen to her poetry and support her.  It was held at Mulberry Art Studios and the women book contributors read their poetry.  It was very moving and a wonderful expression of feeling and grief.  There was a beautiful display of candles.  Each candle was lovingly marked with the name of a child very much missed and loved.  I was able to linger over them and say silent prayers for them and their families.  I stood near the table of strong women and watched as they signed books, gave hugs and quietly shared with other mothers.  It was there that I learned of the Sweet Pea Project.  The Sweet Pea Project was created by Stephanie Cole after the death of her daughter Madeline, as a way to honor her memory and reach out to other bereaved parents.  The Sweet Pea Project offers comfort, support and gentle guidance to families who have experienced the death of a baby.

I am so grateful there is a community of mamas out there to support other mamas during a time of grief, loss and sadness.  I imagine it could swallow you whole if you let it.  No one is immune to the loss of a child.

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