SOLC 15 of 31: Handprints

Handprints. The red is the handprint of my late brother. The purple the handprint of each of his daughters. A last tangible connection.

The counselor at the hospital suggested it. The girls were open to it.

These images bring a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes. It’s, only a month-ish later. We are still coming to terms with the enormity of what was lost that February day.

With her body being cremated, this handprint is what remains of the testament to her physical body.

Who would have thought that red and purple handprints could conjure up such emotion? such pain? such sorrow?

But they do. And they will. And it’s ok.


  1. dandre3 said,

    March 15, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Losing loved ones is so very hard. The handprints hold memories and tears. Take time to grieve. Sorry for your loss.

  2. jumpofffindwings said,

    March 15, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    A “like” doesn’t do this tender, heartfelt post justice. Thank you for sharing. Hands are remarkable. They show so much, have done so much. Here they are a touching-forever reminder.

  3. March 15, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. The handprints are a reminder or the memories. I hope you can hold onto the memories and take time to heal.

  4. TLC said,

    March 15, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    This is a beautiful image to remember. I am sorry for your loss.

  5. jaclynfre said,

    March 15, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    Powerful! What a beautiful tribute. Thanks for sharing.

  6. March 16, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    So powerful! I love that the counselor suggested it. These handprints will be and I am sure are so important to your nieces. Sending love to you!

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