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Striking Artwork Inspired By Miscarriage and Stillbirth

By Devan McGuinness |

Speaking of perinatal grief is hard. The grieving process alone is isolating and draining but along with it goes this silence — this idea that it should be kept in the dark. I get it — it’s uncomfortable. No one wants to think about what it would be like if it happened to them. No one wants to make someone else feel worse (ps: not possible), so there is little general knowledge on how to help someone — or even yourself through it. Little support and little widespread rituals that we can all expect if this loss touches us.

One way we begin to heal is to talk. To speak of our children, our sadness and our fears. Those words are important to express. Some people express themselves easier through art then words. Images are powerful and you can feel the pain behind what you see.

Click through to view striking artwork that’s been inspired by miscarriage and stillbirth:
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Artwork Inspired By Miscarriage and Stillbirth


Wysokie Obcasy, Oct 2006
Image: © Magda Wolna

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Devan McGuinness

Devan McGuinness is the writer of the lifestyle blog Accustomed Chaos. After surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan founded Unspoken Grief, a resource and support site for perinatal and neonatal loss. Read bio and latest posts → Read Devan's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “Striking Artwork Inspired By Miscarriage and Stillbirth

  1. Z says:

    The tears are actually flowing as I look through these works. The ‘men and talking’ piece, and the very last image struck me the most. Beautifully sad.

  2. Chelsea says:

    The painting of the women with the hole in her belly definitely spoke to me. I have tears in my eyes right now… that is exactly how I felt after my miscarriage, like there was a hole and an emptiness that nothing could ever fill… so sad and awesome to see my thoughts put into a picture.

  3. Nancy says:

    I miscarried my first baby. I was so excited to be pregnant and right away I was bonded to that child. I only carried it 6 weeks and I was devastated when I learned that it was not to be. I was able to give birth to 2 more children but it was not a replacement for my number one. I still wonder. I believe that someday we will be reunited.

  4. Tracey says:

    Moving, so sad.

  5. Jessica says:

    Thank you for featuring my art.

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