digital exclusive: the remembrance edition
Today – October 24th – would have been Jonathan’s 44th birthday. Jonathan is my oldest brother who fought a valiant fight against cancer, but last September his mortal chapter came to a close. Going through that experience was most definitely heartbreaking for those of us who love and miss Jonathan. Certainly I know that most of you understand loss. Most of you have felt the burden and sadness of “losing” someone close to you.
Today I’m not only remembering Jonathan – but I’m remembering Baby Gavin. My friend Natalie Norton and her family are honoring today as the 4th anniversary that Gavin returned to his heavenly home. He was just an infant. Gavin’s life was just beginning.
Rhonda Mason completely understands that kind of loss. Some of you know her as Pink Ronnie; she’s a beautiful addition to our Creative Team. What you may not have realized is that Ronnie has also lost an infant son. I feel that she has been inspired to design what we are calling the Remembrance Edition for Project Life. I feel very blessed that she presented this idea to us and has used her talents to bring this to fruition so it can be available to everyone.
Today we are introducing this new digital exclusive product (no plans to offer this in physical format at this time). As you will see, it’s different than any other kit we’ve offered in the past because Ronnie has incorporated her own beautiful photography and combined this with simple typography. Sometimes there aren’t many pictures of loss. Her remarkable images will help fill in those gaps, and her words guide you in what perhaps you might want to record.
This kit was extra special for Ronnie to design. It is something she has felt passionate about for some time now since it provides a structure for documenting loss and heartache. Having suffered the loss of her infant son, she felt there was a void of products in the scrapbooking industry that touch on this delicate and difficult aspect of documenting that it is a very real and tangible part of many peoples’ stories. In her own words:
My concept for this edition is quite different to what Becky has in her product range so far. The main difference being that I’ve used my photography in these designs, which I know is somewhat of a unique approach.
The reason for this is simple: When you’ve lost a child, the documentation process is quite different to when you’re documenting the life of a child who’s alive. Apart from the photos that we have of Cameron on the day he was born, we have no more photos of him. There are no baby toes to photograph, no milestones to capture on your camera, no candid shots of the parent holding or feeding the baby… We have only our grief, our tears, and ultimately, our words. So while all the other Project Life kits are graphically designed to complement people’s photos, I’ve adopted almost the opposite approach: cards with beautiful imagery to complement a grieving mother’s journaling.
In terms of the wording, I wanted to avoid trite sentiments like ‘everything will be okay’ or ‘keep smiling’ or ‘stay positive.’ Such words are meaningless when you are grieving for your child. Instead, I’ve written words that I think are true. And real. Simple truths like ‘it hurts’ and ‘taking it one day at a time’ and ‘missing you.’ Heartfelt truths.
With the journaling cards, I wanted to have prompts that will help a mother who’s grieving to articulate what she feels. To encourage her to document her pain and her tears. Grief can be so all-consuming that sometimes it’s easy to just bottle it all inside. But writing it down, journaling one’s pain, is so crucial to the grieving process. It is one of the ways that I got through those early weeks and months. If I had not written, if I had not journaled as I’d done, I think I would’ve found it much more difficult to cope with my grief.
Apart from that, I cannot imagine now not having my journey documented through my journaling. Those words that I wrote in the throes of my grief are utterly precious to me today. They can be hard to read, of course, but they are a true reflection of our journey. Of that time of grieving for Cameron. To have my pain, love, tears, grief, and struggles recorded for me to revisit at any time is a bit part of my tie to him now…
While she designed it specifically with infant loss in mind, this beautiful edition is also a fitting way to document any + all types of grieving and remembrance. Here are a few sample pages that Ronnie put together to show just how lovely these cards look when printed. You can see even more of the images + cards included in this set by visiting Ronnie’s blog.
Along with the 20% you can save on this newly-released edition, we are having a site-wide sale at digitalprojectlife.com from now until the end of the month as part of our birthday celebration. If you missed saving 20% on any of our most recent products, now’s the perfect time to grab them.