Reposting this from @_kristen_ivy ❤️ "My friend @hannahjoiner 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 #infantlossawareness #pregnancyloss 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." Prints available @parentthephase
Original painting available at hannah crosby art.