A special showing of an extraordinary film by The Good Grief Project ‘A Love That Never Dies’

A unique film that premiered in Leicester Square in May, and has already been shown in 25 venues across Britain, is being shown in Jersey next week, thanks to a plea from a bereaved parent.

‘A Love That Never Dies’ documents the personal journey of Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds across the USA and Mexico – a trip made in honour of their son Josh who died in a road accident in South East Asia seven years ago. Over a three month period they met and filmed with thirteen families all of whom shared remarkable stories of living beyond the death of their child.

In collaboration with Jane and Jimmy, the Community Bereavement Service at Jersey Hospice Care has organised two screenings of their film in Jersey, to be held at Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa on Wednesday 17 October, at 18.00 and 20.00. They will be available before the screening and afterwards for questions.

Mary Le Hegarat, Bereavement Counsellor for the Community Bereavement Service at Jersey Hospice Care, first heard about the film from a client she was supporting. She said, ‘Whilst speaking to a bereaved mum, she talked about this film and her wish to see it. She thought it would be extremely beneficial for people in similar circumstances to see it and have a chance to meet Jane and Jimmy. I’m delighted that islanders will have the opportunity to see this uplifting documentary that highlights how families cope with the tragedy of losing a child.

‘Our hope is it will demonstrate the importance of talking with others, sharing stories and removing the stigma of seeking support.’

Jane Harris is looking forward to coming to Jersey with Jimmy to share this film with local parents. She said, ‘We are so excited to be bringing A Love That Never Dies to Jersey. The documentary film is our homage to our son Josh who died in 2011 and dedicated to all who have experienced the untimely loss of a loved one.

‘By sharing  hopeful, uplifting love stories about life after the death of a child or sibling, we hope to break the silence around grief and bereavement thus making the experience of bereavement less lonely and isolating.’

REVIEWS OF THE FILM

 ‘A very personal labour of love that never feels indulgent. Good stuff.’ Charlie Phillips (The Guardian)

‘This film will change the way the world sees grief…lifts the veil on something that impacts us all, in one way or another, throughout our lives.’ Scarlett Lewis (Mother of Sandy Hook victim)

This is a free event. Spaces are limited, as the cinema has capacity for 35 people at each screening. To secure your space, please email bereavement@jerseyhospicecare.com, letting them know how many places you would like.

We are extremely grateful to Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa who are kindly hosting the event for us, free of charge.