Welcome to the Sweet Pea Project's Blog, part of the Sweet Pea Project's effort to create a supportive and compassionate community for those of us affected by the death of a child. Here you will find updates on the Sweet Pea Project, as well as anything going on in the world that relates to childloss. If you have a suggestion for a topic you would like to see discussed here, I'd love to hear it. Please make sure you stop by the official website, www.sweetpeaproject.org and feel free to email me for any reason at anytime at Stephanie@sweetpeaproject.org.
peace, Stephanie Cole (Madeline's Mom)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Community Expressions Wall

In just two months, on January 5th, my daughter Madeline would be turning 5 years old. In her honor, and out of gratitude for all that she has given me, I have put together an exhibition of artwork and writings which will be displayed during the month of January at Mulberry Art Studios. The exhibit, entitled five, features my work as well as the work of many other talented artists, all bereaved parents themselves. And I would like to invite you to participate as well, by creating a simple piece for our community expression wall. You do not need to have an artistic talent to participate, all you need is your love for your child, your honesty, and a piece of paper. The community expression wall will consist of the honest expressions of the hearts of individuals from across the globe. It is my hope that it will give non-bereaved guests a glimpse into our experience. If you would like to contribute, please read the instructions below. For full details about this exhibit please visit www.sweetpeaproject.org/five or check out the blog post directly below this one. (http://sweetpeaproject.blogspot.com/2011/11/five.html)  And if you live anywhere near Lancaster, PA, I hope you will consider joining us for live music, a poetry reading and refreshments at a free community and artists reception at the gallery on Sunday, January 15 from 1-4pm.

Submission Instructions for
Community Expressions Wall
On a 3x5 index card (or any piece of paper cut to that size) respond to one of the following:
1. How are you, really?
2. This is my love
3. This is my grief

You may answer with words or pictures using any materials you wish. It can be as simple as a single word written in sharpie or as elaborate as your imagination allows. You may send in multiple submissions. We will also display pictures drawn by your children for their brother or sister. All submissions must be 3x5. Mail your piece(s) to us at Sweet Pea Project PO Box 10351 Lancaster, PA 17605. If you would like your piece(s) returned to you at the end of the exhibit, please be sure to write your name on the back and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Submissions must be recieved by January 1st, or delivered to the gallery in person on January 15th during the reception.  Thank you so very much for sharing yourself with us.


  1. I definitely want to contribute to this - what is the deadline?

  2. Jill, the deadline is January 1st. I'm sorry I forgot to include that.