4 Things That Happen When You Lose a Parent Young (and How Art Can Help!)

I lost my mom when I was 11. It was August, and she had a seizure as a result of her back pain and depression medication. She was brought to the emergency room. Her death was sudden. It wasn’t expected, or part of a terminal illness like most people originally assume when they hear of how young I was. I’ve written about my mother’s death a lot – including this three part series (1, 2, 3) on Janice Beetle’s blog, and my memoir about losing my mom.

But I haven’t written about her in quite some time, and lately, I’ve been inspired to talk about this a little. Recently, I met up with one of my professors, a hilarious woman who, like me, lost a parent at a young age. And something she said about how it “shakes up your worldview” got me thinking about 4 Things That Happen When You Lose a Parent Young. I’m going to sprinkle this list with ways that art and writing projects have helped me to remember my mom and heal after losing her, because it is those projects that give me the strength and happiness that allow me to talk about it without breaking into tears.

Mothers Day

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Preparing for a Photo Shoot

Preparing for a photo shoot can be tricky business, especially if you’re really into fashion and expressing your own style. I remember the first photo shoot I did – with my cousin, Nicole, when I was 13. I had no idea how to dress for a photo shoot, how to do my hair or makeup, or how to pose and look natural and still well put together. I’ve had a lot of practice since then, but I also don’t follow a lot of the “usual rules.”

In this post, I’ll mainly be talking about my two most recent shoots where I was not the photographer (since I also do DSLR photography myself) : the one on Jan. 16 for my 6 years with my girlfriend, and the one she and I did in the summer just for fun.

In the air

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