Part of the devastation of pregnancy loss rests in the lack of agreed upon mourning rituals. Memorializing oneself through self-portraiture can be a useful coping strategy. Additionally, partners who share a loss may have difficulty finding words to express themselves. The learning guide for The Best Part of Me has been adapted for Reconceiving Loss. Here we ask you to consider how your body has served you, to think about your point of view and to create a self-portrait by working through the 4 exercises below. You will need a collaborator, ideally a close friend or partner. When you have completed these exercises, we encourage you to share your work, anonymously if you prefer, with the Reconceiving Loss community.
*Reprinted by permission from the Publisher. From Wendy Ewald, Katherine Hyde, and Lisa Lord. Literary and Justice Through Photography: A Classroom Guide, New York: teachers College Press. Copyright © 2011 by Teachers College, Columbia University. All rights reserved. Adapted for Reconceiving Loss by Marla Walker.