Love’s Final Embrace. {Heartbreaking Graphic Photo}

Via Tara Lemieux
on May 9, 2013
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Source: Taslima Akhter
Source: Taslima Akhter

“The strength of a man isn’t seen in the power of his arms. It’s seen in the love with which he embraces you.” ~ Steve Maraboli

The most haunting image to emerge from the Bangladesh building collapse—two individuals sharing love’s last embrace. There is something about this image—it captures me, and draws me nearer. I feel connected to these two friends—I feel as if I know the emotions of their final moments together. I see the blood dripping from this young man’s eye, the final tear in love’s last embrace.

And though, to some this image may represent horrific tragedy, to me, it also represents the divine power of love. That even in the face of adversity and death, our human instinct is to nurture our fellow human spirits.

Said photographer Shahidul Alam,

This image, while deeply disturbing, is also hauntingly beautiful. An embrace in death, its tenderness rises above the rubble to touch us where we are most vulnerable. By making it personal, it refuses to let go. This is a photograph that will torment us in our dreams. Quietly it tells us. Never again.”

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama emphasized this point just the other day, “We are [the] same…The way we are born, the way we die—no formality.”

That point couldn’t have been captured more clearly by this one image—in the end, love will always rise above tragedy.

My hearts and prayers are sent to these most beautiful families, that they may all feel our love this day.

And that, these two friends may have the comfort of love’s final embrace for all of eternity.


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About Tara Lemieux

Tara Lemieux is a mindful wanderer, and faithful stargazer. She is an ardent explorer and lover of finding things previously undiscovered (or, at the very least, mostly not-uncovered.) When she’s not writing, you can find her walking in the woods and sometimes changing the way we look at things, one simple moment at a time. You can contact her at via her website Mindfully Musing or, take one second to "LIKE" her on Facebook at Tara's Facebook Page. Or email her directly at [email protected]. All roads will lead to one home, and rest assured she (and Nudnick, the wonder dog) would LOVE to hear from you.


11 Responses to “Love’s Final Embrace. {Heartbreaking Graphic Photo}”

  1. AndrewPaciocco says:

    Wow. That's powerful. There is beauty in all things if you choose to see it. Thanks for sharing Tara.

  2. Tara Lemieux says:

    Andrew ~ I thought it was important to share this powerful image, because it symbolizes something much greater…that love and compassion transcend all.

  3. Carolyn Riker says:

    This is amazingly powerful! My heart hurts and yet it celebrates. Even until the end they are embracing each other. Such compassion! Wow. Thank you for taking the time to share this poignant photo and to write about it.

  4. Tara Lemieux says:

    Thank you Carolyn… that means a lot.

  5. Brooke says:

    Thank you TL for sharing such an amazing photo. Its beautiful!!! emotionally filled photo, I cried reflecting on a mans love.

  6. Edward says:

    Wow. Simply wow. My heart was pulled in sooo many ways.

  7. Tara Lemieux says:

    Brooke – I was likewise pulled into their story…thank you for sharing your most beautiful comment.

  8. Tara Lemieux says:

    Edward…as was mine, too… let's send our best energy to the families this evening.

  9. Sourav says:

    Here Tara, I spoke with Taslima Akhtar the photographer to uncover the real story behind the picture:

    Love, luck and light

  10. Michael says:

    As a former Nurse Aide and Hospice worker I can tell you than too often people die quietly and totally alone. This picture captures two souls entering into eternity in an embrace that somehow seems to say you will not suffer this last pain alone, I am here with you!! Incredible!