Brief Yet Everlasting

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25 x 25  inches
Pen and ink, watercolor, and colored pencil, acrylic, embossing medium, on Illustration Board

Purchase options:

6 x 6 in. Digital “Mini Print”: $20
8 x 8 in. Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12 x 12 in. Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $250
25 x 25 in. Giclee Print (original size, 50 in a series):  $500

Original: SOLD

15% of all sales from this image benefit the MISS Foundation

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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As an artist I strive to represent motherhood in all it’s forms.  Stillbirth, miscarriage, and infant death are realities that are not talked about in our culture yet are expressions of motherhood, parenthood, in every sense.  This piece was done to honor that brief yet profound experience of love and loss.

A huge thank you to my dear friends Darjee and Josh Sahala who allowed me to use their birth photos of Brona, born still May 18, 2008.  To watch a video of Brona’s birth and death please visit their website here.

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I am writing you because I wanted to say thank you.

Two years ago this year, on December 15th, I lost my first child in labor. He was born silent, wonderful, and beautiful. Our family was totally broken. We had tried very hard to conceive our baby boy, and things turned south during a typical at home labor. As someone who advocates for women to be treated and fight for their rights in a hospital, the experience there was a nightmare.

I later got terribly sick with a bowl obstruction due to a mishap of the c-section I was given at the hospital, and ended up having a second surgery on Christmas of 2013 and stayed the new year in the hospital. We came home empty, alone, and my body in a place I never anticipated it to be.

Someone had bought me a mandala of your art piece of the parents holding their spirit baby. I was so touched that someone acknowledged that babies leave us too soon. It is such a profound piece, and in many ways it reflects the exact look of our family during that time. Our son is always with us, but gone forever too. It’s a strange flux to be in, even two years later.

I didn’t allow my son’s death to confine me into a small space. I participated in the Honest Body Project, and spoke about my loss. When I saw that you shared it on your page I felt so happy and proud that you always acknowledge those loss moms.

And so I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for being there for me in ways that you didn’t even know you were. Thank you for standing for moms like me and helping those who don’t have a voice to talk about their silent babies. Thank you for showing that not all moms are quiet, that we roar our baby’s name, and we are proud of the mom’s they have made us become.

Thank you.

~Geralynn 

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12 responses »

  1. I saw Joshua’s tag in this and wanted to tell you how amazing you did on this. I needed to get some artwork done myself and you have given me that extra nudge of inspiration you need sometimes when you’re not feeling it but need to get something done. It’s so nice of you to honor them and Brona who will never be forgotten! Cheers to remembrance and art with love that heals.

  2. Beautiful piece of art! Tammy Tate and I have a non-profit organization called Perinatal ComfortCare. We are OB nurses who support families who have chosen to carry a pregnancy to term after receiving an adverse or life-limiting diagnosis for their baby. Please see our website: perinatalcomfortcare.org. Would love to talk to you about doing some artwork for our National Corporate office in Ballantyne Corporate Park in Charlotte, NC. I can be reached by email at sherry@perinatalcomfortcare.org Hope to hear from you soon.
    Sherry Watson

  3. I had to help a young girl who was raped by her step dad and she was pregnant she is only 13yrs. her baby died this morning and I weep for her loss. I was her doula.

  4. Love this. Our first baby was stillborn a month ago, and your artwork captures so much of what I felt when I held her in my arms for the first and last time. Thank you.

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  6. This is an amazing depiction of a fetal demise. I am a labor and delivery nurse and sadly have patients who loose their babies before even knowing them and this is such a wonderful and loving portrayal of such a hard time. Amazing work Amy.

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