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New film explores how parents handle grief of losing a child

Author: Leila Hawkins
02 October 2017

A new documentary features its two directors on a road trip across the US interviewing bereaved parents to find out how they handled their grief and the difficulties they had talking about the death of their child.

A Love That Never Dies shows families from different backgrounds and locations talking about their experiences and why conversations about death, dying and bereavement are so difficult.  

Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds made the film to honour the memory of their son Josh, who died six years ago while travelling in South East Asia.  Jimmy is a Bafta award-winning documentary film editor who has cut over 100 titles for the BBC, Channel Four and other broadcasters around the world, while Jane is a therapist and supervisor with The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Commenting on making of the film, Jimmy said:

“As a filmmaker, A Love That Never Dies have been the hardest project I have ever worked on. As a bereaved dad, it has probably saved my life.”

Jane said:

“It is about not shying away from grief, of not letting go, but of continuing the bond with the deceased and finding rewards where we expected none.”

The film has been produced for The Good Grief Project, a new UK based charity that hosts events and develops workshops, courses and retreats dedicated to helping the bereaved with grief and find creative ways to overcome it.

Speaking about the charity, Claire Henry MBE, Director of Improvement and Transformation of Care and Clinical Leadership at Hospice UK, said:

“A really inspiring, innovative and important way of promoting change in the way people are supported and enabled to come to terms with bereavement and grief.”

The film is planned for general release in the spring of 2018 with preview screenings scheduled in the run-up. For more information and to watch the trailer visit A Love That Never Dies

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Comments | 1


Jane Harris

In our culture where grief is seen as a desolate place, in our society where conversations about death, dying and bereavement are so fraught with anxiety, in a world in which thousands will mourn in silence, we have become very aware that grief really does need a voice.
This is one of the reasons we make films and share stories of life after loss.
Jane and Jimmy

05/12/2017 15:39:53

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