I stumbled on this painting “To the Unknown Land,” by Edmund Blair Leighton and find it so comforting.Â A grieving mother weeps on the shore as an angel safely carries away her child. Isn’t it stunning?
I wanted to know more about this artwork by Leighton andÂ researched it a bit. Here’s some of what I found.
It was ancient Egyptians whose dead were always carried across a lake, to typify the embarkation of the parting soul for the voyage over the silent sea of Eternity to a new existence in the Unknown Land. In their adaptation of the idea, the Greeks added further details. But modern thought holds views on the mystery and meaning of Death different from the old, and Mr. Leighton’s picture expresses the change. A new element, tender & compassionate sympathy, has been brought into the fable, that transforms and ennobles it. Gone are the old horror and despair.”
** Finally, Des Moines-area friends, consider this my last nudge for the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Healing Retreat happening THIS Saturday. Head overÂ hereÂ forÂ all the details. We have a good number of couples registered, yet there is certainly room for more. Even walk-ins!