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I lost you, my child

Coping with the Heartache of a Miscarriage.
With this powerful image of an embryo still inside the womb,
I tried to capture the heartbreak some of us have had.
The round shape of the drumhead
even more emphasizes the 'protection' of the womb.

Second picture:
Working on my latest paintings in my new studio.

Many parents are surprised by the emotions they feel after a miscarriage.
They often feel shock and disbelief.
Life seems unreal for a time.
They express depression, anger (directed at themselves, their mates, a doctor, God, or even life in general), guilt, irritability, lack of interest in normal activities, sadness.
Many experience irregularities in sleeping or eating.
For a while some feel anger or sadness in the presence of babies or pregnant women.

There is really no answer to the question why.
There are certain specific medical problems we know of that cause miscarriages and stillbirths.
In many cases, especially in the first few months, we attribute the fault to some kind of chromosomal abnormality in the fetus.
Those that occur later in the pregnancy when the baby appears normal are often attributed to some maternal factor, such as uterine abnormalities.
But in the vast majority of cases, there is no obvious reason.

“I will not leave you comfortless. …
Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.”
(John 14:18, 27.)


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Jan van Baarle 26 Nov 2009

wonderful and emptional

Artist Reply: Dank je Jan....

kath nepia 12 Nov 2009


Laurel Talabere 10 Nov 2009

This is a powerful image. Recently, I had two unrelated members of my family experience tragic miscarriages. It's much more common than many people realize, but it is still and always an event that brings much sadness and grief.

nikos kanellos 08 Nov 2009

Olga, this is so touching painting

LouAnn Knight 07 Nov 2009

This I shall keep in my favorites. Sad tho it is, your words are beautiful and might help another who has had a similar experience. Thanks for sharing your 'gifts'..

Artist Reply: Thanks for your heartwarming comment Lou Ann! Love and Light, OLGA