Monday, April 23, 2018

The Beauty of Grief

Mama Aga is an artist in Chicago, Illinois. Her store, Aga's Box of Miracles, sells prints that feature inspirational images and quotes. She says this about her offerings:

"I had a dream when I was a little girl. In that dream, I was told that I am here to make this world a better place."

I contacted Aga when I saw the angel painting above, because the image is so sweet and the colors purple and teal are incorporated in the design. I asked her about the artwork's connection to suicide prevention and awareness. Her answer to my question was very touching.

"This healing angel illustration has a special story behind it. I created it for a mom who was purchasing inspirational quote prints from my shop a few years ago. As I started exchanging messages with her, she opened up to me and mentioned that her daughter committed suicide at 19. Moved by her story, I created this illustration with her daughter as an angel watching over her and sent it to her as a gift. Mother to mother. 

A dear friend of mine lost her 15 year old daughter to a drunk driver. My godmother lost her son to suicide. I've seen what unbearable pain a loss of a child brings, how every day is a struggle and how powerful small acts of genuine kindness can be in their life. And so, this healing angel was born. 

Each time someone purchases this print, I donate a portion of proceeds to twloha.comorganization in memory of this 22 year old young woman, hoping that it will help others realize that their lives matter."

If you would like to see more of Mama Aga's work, you can find her store here:

Aga's Box of Miracles