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Capture Your Grief – Day 7: Sacred Place

"I am a mother" at Ocean Beach, San Francisco

"I am a mother" at Ocean Beach, San Francisco

The beach is a sacred space I share with my heaven babies. This connection first started when I wrote Calvin’s name at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. It was freeing to declare my son’s name in the open expanse of sand.

Then I spent my first Mother’s Day the day at the beach writing names in the sand for other bereaved mommas. That day, I also asserted my motherhood — even if my baby had died — by writing “I am a Mother.”

Capture Your Grief is an annual, 31-day mindful healing project that consists of photography and reflection. It is for “anyone who is grieving the death of a baby or child at any age or gestation.” Learn how you can participate or provide support at Carly Marie Project Heal.

Crystal is a mother-wife-writer whose explorations include parenting, grief, food, and semi-crunchy living. She is currently an MFA in writing student, a content editor for Still Standing Magazine, and the technical editor for Switchback.

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." (Ephesians 4:29)

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