Sunday, May 13, 2018
Mother’s Day in the United States.
A day where mothers are celebrated. They are surrounded by their children. The day is full of love. Flowers and gifts are given to the mother from their significant others. The children make homemade drawings for their mom.
In this day and age of social media, this day is also a busy day. Facebook and Instagram are saturated with photo after photo of mothers with their children draped around them. Everyone is smiling and beaming with happiness.
Except it isn’t like this for every mother. The mother who is grieving the child(ren) who are missing from their arms. She may have living children by her side so you may think what does she have to feel sad about? At least she has other children. The amount of children she has on earth does not make grieving her child who died any easier. It does not make her grief less or her pain less intense.
In the eyes of society, she may not look like a mother at all because she has no living children in her arms. Others around her may not acknowledge her as a mother. The day we are suppose to celebrate ALL Mothers, she is forgotten. The day for her is quiet. Going on social media is like another knife to the heart.
Mother’s Day isn’t the same for everyone. For the bereaved mother, this is a holiday she dreads.
This year for Mother’s Day I wanted to help remember ALL mothers.
When your child dies, the chance that you will be called their mother by someone is few and far between. I lost out on all the years Bradley will be in school and someone coming up to me and saying, “Are you Bradley’s mom? My son is in his kindergarten class!”. Those moments will never happen.
Below are the rules for submission and deadline to be included in this project.
Bereaved Mother’s Day Project:
What is this project?
This project is to honor and acknowledge the bereaved mother. I will accumulate photos from mothers who have lost a child and compile them into a video that will be posted on Mother’s Day and shared with the rest of the world.
Who is this for?
For any mother who has lost a child at any age or gestation. Whether you never knew the sex of your baby. Never heard your baby cry. Never held your baby with breath in their lungs. You were able to watch your child grew here on earth but they were taken suddenly from you. Your child grew to be an adult but tragically passed too soon.
What am I asking for you to submit?
A photo of yourself holding a paper that says “[your child’s name]’s Mom” (Below is an example of mine). It is up to you to include your whole face/body or just your paper. I invite you to choose a special place to take this photo.
Optional- at the bottom of your paper, if you want to add a sentence or two about how friends, family and society can better support you. This part is completely optional.
When is the deadline to submit?
Wednesday, May 9th
Where do I send this photo?
my email: Lindsey.firstname.lastname@example.org subject: Bereaved Mothers day project 2018
Please follow up with me either by commenting on this post or reaching out to me on my other social media accounts to verify I received your photo.
If you are not following me on my social media accounts here are the handles:
Facebook: For the Love of Bradley
Instagram: For the Love of Bradley