Stacey Skrysak knows that a big smile and a black and white filter can mask feelings of profound sadness, and that’s exactly why she shared a photo to Facebook that shows a tender mother-daughter moment at first pass. But when Skrysak looks at the picture, all she sees is loss.
“I am 1 in 4. With a quick glance, you see a special bond between a mother and her daughter. Happiness shines as a precious little girl kisses her ‘mommy.’ But this picture-perfect moment is far from perfect,” wrote Skrysak. “Only one child appears in this photo, but I am a mother to three children . . . one triplet on earth and two in heaven.”
She also elaborates on how much is really going on behind that hug because a mom can never forget the loss of a child, no matter how much society pressures her to slap on a happy face:
What you don’t see in this photo is the pain. The pain of holding a child as she takes her final breath. The pain of planning a funeral, instead of decorating a nursery. The pain that lingers, years…