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Miscarriage Coffins by Brigitte Coremans

Miscarriage Coffins

Photo by Vincent van Gurp

For stillborn foetuses after 24 or more weeks of pregnancy, there will be an official burial. But for younger embryos a burial is not available. It is a statistic that is necessary from a legal point of view: it helps determine the start of human life. However, the emotional reality is never as black and white as this. In order to allow the parents of children stillborn before 24 weeks the opportunity of saying goodbye, Brigitte Coremans has created Miscarriage Coffins six little coffins in different sizes, referring to the development, of a foetus up until the 24th week. They have been made out of a bio-degradable material that will provide the soil around it with additional nutrition. This will act as a subtle and temporary marker of the place where the foetus is buried to support the grieving parents.

Brigitte Coremans