Infant Loss Awareness – We hurt with you
My friend, Kristen, asked me to paint something special for infant loss awareness month.
Here are her words.
My friend Hannah Crosby has always been intrigued with elephants. So, a few weeks ago, I found myself reading a little more about these animals for a little writing project and I came across some stories that pulled at my heart in a whole new way.
I never knew:
When a mother elephant has a miscarriage, scientists observe she often enters a period of despondency. She changes her behavior in such a way that even humans (an entirely different species) take notice, and say “something has happened.”
But, in a matriarchal, elephant community, the grieving mother is not alone. Sisters, aunts, and others in the community have been known to surround her, stay beside her, and touch her trunk in what seem to be expressions of affection.
After reading this, I asked @hannahjoiner if she would make a new elephant painting. One for Infant Loss Awareness on October 15th. This is a way to say to anyone who is grieving the loss of a child you were not given an opportunity to watch grow up, we stand with you. We see the pain, we hurt with you, we will always remember.
I love the example that elephants give to us as a symbol of what community is and how grieving together is so valuable. It makes me love elephants even more, too.
As someone who has had miscarriages as well as walked through tragedies with friends who have had to deliver still born babies, I am humbled to add this to my collection of meaningful paintings.
If you would like to purchase a print for yourself or to gift for someone that had gone through infant loss you can find them here shopthephase.com
The original will also be for sale on my art website hannahcrosbyart.com
Sending love to you all <3 We see your pain and we hurt with you.