Seeds for Siblings provides children who have experienced the loss of a sibling during pregnancy or the days after birth with handmade fabric bags containing Sunflower Seeds. These seeds can then be planted in memory of their brother or sister.
This project began after close family experienced the stillbirth of their twins, Nelson and Selma. After trying to find information on dealing with sibling grief for their eldest daughter I noticed a huge gap. There was limited literature and support programs specifically for children who had lost their brother or sister throughout pregnancy or in the days after birth. This project aims to acknowledge and highlight sibling grief and encourage children to reconnect with nature and the outside world. Each bag contains Sunflower Seeds, a painted Sunflower garden marker and planting instructions.
The bags are handmade using ethically sourced hemp/cotton that has been hand-printed in Melbourne using water based, solvent free inks. The seeds have been sourced from small local Melbourne based companies and some that have been harvested from my own Sunflowers. These seeds can be planted in memory of the child's brother or sister and once the Sunflower begins to wilt, the children can collect the seeds and keep to plant the following Spring. Seeds can also be given to family and friends to plant.