Death:OK (Let’s Talk About It) is a day of inspiration, information, and connection taking place October 17, 2015 on the campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. As part of an ongoing series profiling our presenters, we’re pleased to introduce you to…
Vicki Zoller presents “Infant Remembrance Photography: Capturing Love, Creating Healing.”
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This presentation will cover the history of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS), its mission and our work with bereavement committees and hospitals around the world as we bring not only photography to these families of loss but healing as well.
When we speak of death we often speak of it in terms of the natural progression; grandparents die followed by parents, followed by their children. When that natural progression is broken the grief can become complicated and staggering to manage. Loss of a baby is even more traumatic. Pregnancy is supposed to be filled with baby showers, balloons, cupcakes, and cute booties. When that changes it changes the entire atmosphere around the parents. And when a baby is born still this tends to quiet the conversation about loss, grief, and mourning. Leaving the hospital without a baby, being asked to just move on isn’t a simple thing. NILMDTS understands the power of healing in the images we capture. Families don’t struggle to remember a little nose, the ten toes, and the swirl of hair at the top of the head. We want to help lift the taboos of talking about babies that die. We want to open the door of understanding for other family members and friends that surround these parents of loss. Creating beautiful visual images helps with that conversation and understanding. Being able to show an image of love captured in those brief moments together lets families begin to talk openly, share the baby’s name, tell their story, and move towards healing.
Presenter Vicki Zoller is a Professional Photographer/Photography Instructor and Volunteer Photographer for NILMDTS since 2008. She also serves as a Regional Coordinator for NILMDTS covering the Western States including Alaska and Hawaii. Vicki has been speaking publically about NILMDTS since she began volunteering. Many of her audiences have included medical staff and bereavement counselors at hospitals as well as photography organizations for volunteer recruitment purposes. Vicki lives in Washington State.