When a Child Dies

Children's Memorials

What hits home about a child's death is often what's visual, tangible and most simple. A teenager's high-tops, for example. A cross at the side of the road. Or a memorial candle, flickering in the night.



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    Baby Land at Graceland Cemetery in Milwaukee (Kristyna Wentz-Graff, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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    Vigil for Christopher Thomas (Kristyna Wentz-Graff, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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    Celebrating Conviction in Christopher Thomas Case (Kristyna Wentz-Graff, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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    David Evans With Photo Of His Son, Will Robert Johnson, at Courthouse (Kristyna Wentz-Graff, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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    David Evans with projection of Will in casket (Kristyna Wentz-Graff, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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    Dekia Mattox Memorial (Kristyna Wentz-Graff, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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    Emiliano's footprints (Kristyna Wentz-Graff, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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    Emiliano's funeral (Kristyna Wentz-Graff, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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    Paddington (Kristyna Wentz-Graff, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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    Rob Whitman protesting after his son Robert's death (Kristyna Wentz-Graff, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

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    Protest as memorial (Kristyna Wentz-Graff, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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    Riding with Will's picture (Kristyna Wentz-Graff, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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    Cupcake in Memory of Will Robert Johnson's Birthday (Kristyna Wentz-Graff, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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    Roses for Rose (Clyde Mueller, The New Mexican)

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    Poster for Rose Simmons, 15, killed in an auto accident (Clyde Mueller, The New Mexican)

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    Memorial in Cathedral Park (Clyde Mueller, The New Mexican)

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    Descansos (Clyde Mueller, The New Mexican)

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    Roadside shrine (Clyde Mueller, The New Mexican)

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    Dominick Andujar memorial (April Saul, The Philadelphia Inquirer)

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    Dominick Andujar vigil (April Saul, The Philadelphia Inquirer)

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    “Not One More Death” Mural (Courtesy of State of the Reunion)

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    Memorial Mural (Courtesy of State of the Reunion)

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    Message for Julian (Luis Sanchez Saturno, The New Mexican)

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    Note for Kate Klein (Luis Sanchez Saturno, The New Mexican)

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    Hands (Courtesy of Anonymous Boston)

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    Jaewon Martin, 14 (Courtesy of Anonymous Boston)

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    Jermaine Perry, 17 (Courtesy of Anonymous Boston)

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    Simba Martin (Courtesy of Anonymous Boston)

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    Time Can Help Heal (Courtesy of Anonymous Boston)

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    Violence Impacts Every Step (Courtesy of Anonymous Boston)

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    Violence on Youth Mural (Courtesy of Anonymous Boston)

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    Writing Memorial Song (Courtesy of Anonymous Boston)

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    Adding a Leaf to the Tree of Life (Courtesy of Anonymous Boston)

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    Star Melody (Courtesy of Anonymous Boston)

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    You May Have Fallen But One Day You Will Fly (Courtesy of Anonymous Boston)

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Professional photojournalists and citizen photographers: Have your captured on camera an expression of individual or collective grief over the death of a child? If you have a photograph you'd like to submit for possible inclusion in this slide show, please fill out this form.