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Mom honours the 11 babies she lost in heartbreaking photo series

After suffering 11 miscarriages, one mom shares the mementos she kept of each of her babies.

Lost: Jane, Photo: Dianne Yudelson

Lost: Jane, Photo: Dianne Yudelson

Photographer Dianne Yudelson‘s powerful photo series “Lost” was inspired by the artist’s own grief. Dianne had 11 miscarriages between 1993 and 2005.

Lost: Gwendolyn, Photo: Dianne Yudelson

Lost: Gwendolyn, Photo: Dianne Yudelson

Ten years after her last miscarriage, Dianne was helping a friend grieve. This triggered thoughts of her own pain and that’s when she decided to create the deeply personal photo series to commemorate the babies she lost.

Lost: Robert, Photo: Dianne Yudelson

Lost: Robert, Photo: Dianne Yudelson

Each image is named after the baby it honours.

Lost: Tommy, Photo: Dianne Yudelson

Lost: Tommy, Photo: Dianne Yudelson

“With each loss of my 11 babies, I kept mementos. They are all kept pristinely stored in a white box in my closet, as are the memories of their short lives kept pristinely stored in my heart.”

Lost: Violet, Photo: Dianne Yudelson

Lost: Violet, Photo: Dianne Yudelson

The artist and her husband have raised two children, but the grief from her miscarriages is ever present. Sharing her private memories has helped to ease some of the pain.

Lost: Bryce, Photo: Dianne Yudelson

Lost: Bryce, Photo: Dianne Yudelson

The photos are hard to see—but the love Dianne has for each of her kids is evident in the sweet mementos.

Lost: Jeff, Photo: Dianne Yudelson

Lost: Jeff, Photo: Dianne Yudelson

Dianne hopes that these images will help other women who are struggling.

Lost: Georgia, Photo: Dianne Yudelson

Lost: Georgia, Photo: Dianne Yudelson

And hopefully make talking about miscarriage less taboo.

Lost: Mary and Vivian, Photo: Dianne Yudelson

Lost: Mary and Vivian, Photo: Dianne Yudelson

Lost: Charlie, Photo: Dianne Yudelson

Lost: Charlie, Photo: Dianne Yudelson

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