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Mourning | by rosiehardy
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"Even amongst the fiercest flames, the golden lotus can still be planted." .

These are the words engraved into Sylvia Plath's headstone, a few hundred meters from where I shot this photo. This month has been a heavy mixture of grief and heartbreak - coming to terms with the loss of my furry best mate, but also (unexpectedly) a peaceful month which has brought lots of light and goodness. I spoke at The Photography Show about channeling my grief from my loss in 2016 into my 365 project, and how creating art has become a ceremony of acceptance of sorts for me, so I wanted to do exactly that this week.

I've dealt with this loss so much more gracefully, I haven't fought life over what's out of my control this time, and I'm typing this from my sofa with his ashes in a teddy bear nestled into my arms. A little ceremony, a little darkness, a little light, and everything else love. That's what I wanted to create this week 😌✨ M is for Mourning. And embracing it all ❤️

(And BIG HUGS to @joflemingdesign for sending me this gorgeous dress to shoot this with!!)

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Taken on March 28, 2018