Remembrance photography’s beginnings
Nicola Devine founded Remembrance Photography after her second stillbirth, which was documented by a representative of a specialist photography charity. She realised there was need for resources to help guide parents, families and health professionals through the process and after research with parents and feedback from SANDS New Zealand developed a brochure, online resources, social media channels and a website. Her brochure is now used in hospitals across New Zealand to introduce and inspire and assist parents and midwifes.
What can remembrance photographs be used for?
Some parents use the photos for their own private viewing, to show loved ones, or to share with family and friends on social media. Others have made photo albums, calendars and videos. Sometimes parents have photos taken just in case they will want them in the future, and may not look at them until weeks, months or years later.
When can photographs be taken?
Photos can be taken any time during or after the birth, you may also want “before” photos of your bump if you have time. With a miscarriage or stillbirth it is often best to take photos sooner rather than later.
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“At the time of loss (or impending loss) you can’t think clearly and don’t know what you might want one day (or what you may have wished you’d done). The shock of the loss kind of freezes your brain. It is good to have someone gently say that it’s better to do something “just in case” you may wish you had down the track. And that it’s OK to have photos taken for example, and put them away until you are ready for them (if it feels strange to take them now or you think it may be too painful to look at them) even if you put them aside for months or years.” – bereaved parent