Grieving mum's powerful image touches women around the world

Kristine Tarbert
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

It’s a simple but powerful black and white photo of a woman crying in the shower, with mascara running down her face.

Shared online by photographer Brittany Latham, the image has touched women around the world – women, who could relate to the evident sadness and grief felt by the woman in the image.

Brittany, from Alabama, US, took the photo of her friend sitting on the floor and hugging herself in the shower to go along with a powerful piece she wrote while dealing with the grief of a miscarriage.

“The response, simply put, has been overwhelming,” Brittany tells Yahoo Be. “Woman from every corner of the earth have reached out to me to let me know how it touched them.

“I am glad to just know that a dark time in my own life was able to bring healing and light to someone else.”

In the post, that has since been shared over 400,000 times, with 68,000 comments, the single mum of three talks about how much women hold on to within themselves, because they think they need to be strong for others.

“For the woman whose husband makes an ‘extra stop’ after work every evening,” she wrote.

Photo: Facebook

“For the woman who is mourning the loss of a pregnancy that nobody else knew about.

“For the woman that lives with quiet anxiety because nobody understands what you could possibly be stressed out about…For the woman that gives to her family all day everyday and just needs a break.

“For every single woman that cries in the shower so that nobody else can see. Because if you aren’t strong, nobody is. Just because the water washes your tears doesn’t mean that you don’t cry.

“I am you. I see you. I am with you, I cry with you,” she concludes the post.

Photo:  Brittany Latham Studios

Brittany revealed the post was inspired after she wrote the words the same week that she had lost a baby to miscarriage. Her friend had also recently lost a pregnancy so they decided to take the image to go along with the words.

She says the ensuing messages of support she received from women around the world, helped her deal with her own loss and grief.

“I don’t think that anything will ever take away the sting of a pregnancy loss, but for me it has been months of very open conversation with other women and a general sense of not being alone in my battles,” the 30-year-old tells Be.

“It doesn’t matter where we are born, how much money we have, what type of home that we live in – women from every country and every race deal with the same issues.

“I think that is why it reached as far as it did.”

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