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Good Grief Project film offers hope

A Love That Never Dies, a new documentary produced by The Good Grief Project with Beyond Goodbye Media, screens at UK cinemas across the next two months.

Former Holby City, Coronation Street and Taggart star John Michie joined director producer husband and wife team Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds at the London premiere last month for a Q&A hosted by Maria Ahern, Chair of The Compassionate Friends organisation.

Having tragically lost his daughter, Louella Michie last year at the age of 25, John Michie is now an ambassador for The Good Grief Project, dedicated to understanding grief as a creative and active process.

A Love Never Dies is a personal journey by bereaved parents Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds and a love letter to their son Josh. He died in a road accident in South East Asia seven years ago and they now honour him with their own journeys: to Vietnam and the place where he died, to Varanasi, India and a road trip across the USA, where they meet other families who have also lost a child, all of whom have found grief variously isolating, transformative yet ultimately life enhancing.

It’s described as “a poetic film in a culture that is still uneasy talking about death, dying and bereavement”. The film aims to give a hopeful voice to grief in ways that will move and inspire.

Maria Ahern commented: “As well as providing a glimpse into bereavement, the film offers an insight for those who support bereaved parents: family, friends, colleagues, and the wider community. When a parent loses their child, all their relationships are affected. Understanding this, and how important it is to maintain a relationship with that child, is key to being able to provide that support.”

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

Jane Harris added: “It’s 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.”

A Love Never Dies is due to be shown at the following locations:

7 June - The Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley
11 June - The Phoenix Cinema, Exeter
14 June - The Ultimate Picture Palace, Oxford
26 June - Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
11 July - The Guildhall, Gloucester
17 July - The Plaza, Truro
TBC - July - Dartington Hall, Totnes

More at aloveneverdiesfilm.com

Photo: A Love Never Dies director/producers Jimmy Edmonds and Jane Harris

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