Beautiful sketch shows a couple’s devastation after suffering a miscarriage.
The drawing by Curtis Wiklund of him and his wife simply titled “Miscarriage,” shows them experiencing the devastating loss as the world carries on around them.
Wiklund sketched the real-life moment on July 22, the day he and his wife, Jordin, learned that her pregnancy was ending. After trying to stay composed at the doctor’s office, where they were told there was no heartbeat at nine weeks of pregnancy, they sat in their car embracing each other and sobbed for a half an hour.
“As soon as we got to the car, both of us started crying and were pretty heartbroken,” Wiklund told TODAY. “It was pure grief. It was no bitterness, no irritation. Not madness at each other. It was mutual, shared, 100 percent grief and crying and sadness.”
To help comfort others dealing with miscarriage, he posted the image on Instagram and Facebook last week.
“It wasn’t a fictitious loss,” Curtis Wiklund said. “It was our daughter, who was very much there earlier and we had just lost her.”
Jordin Wiklund was “completely crushed” and overcome with grief upon learning of the miscarriage. “Nothing about it is fair,” she said.
“We were both kind of numb and in shock and for some reason drawing felt like an outlet for me,” he added. “It felt therapeutic to sit down and reflect on what was happening. That was all I could see.”
“I wanted to somehow get the feeling of grief out onto paper,” he added.
As hard as it can be to view, Jordin appreciates the hand-drawn pencil sketch.
“It is so real and it does, in a very sad, beautiful way, capture the fact that we did have each other in that moment and I am so thankful for that,” she said. “That will be the image for me that defines that moment.”
“I hope by sharing it, those others out there who are quietly hurting, some far worse than we are, are comforted knowing at least, that you are not alone,” Wiklund wrote on Facebook.
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