Just to start... This looks friggin' amazing. I love the attention to detail as well as the melange of color palette. This piece broadcasts your intentions of encapsulating rebirth and loss, while stressing the acceptance of that loss.
Looking at the connection between girl and creature, there is a definite feeling of wet heat, and your piece drips with that emotion. The simple act of blowing ashes gives momentum, and gives a sense of continuity.
There is just enough detail to give focus to the right elements, leaving the rest with an aura of mist and mystery.
Well done my friend.