Many people were shocked by the images Chrissy Teigen and John Legend put on their social media platforms Wednesday evening.
The couple had just lost a child to miscarriage and they chose to share their grief with their followers in as close to real time as was humanly possible. One black-and-white photo showed Teigen sitting on the edge of her hospital bed weeping in pain and grief; another framed the couple holding the tiny blanket-swathed bundle of their third child’s body in a classic pose of parental love.
The news startled us all out of our evening social media scrolls, pulled us into one family’s particular and, for many, achingly familiar agony; the images exposed the human heart in all its exquisite and damning variety.
Much love, sympathy and empathy were expressed, but so