Coping with the loss of someone we love or are close to may be one of the hardest challenges that many of us face. When we lose a spouse, sibling, parent, or child our grief can be particularly intense. Although we may realize that grief is a normal reaction to loss, we can find ourselves surprised at the intensity of the uncomfortable emotions that we feel at the loss of a loved one and it is not uncommon for the grief to leave us feeling overwhelmed as we struggle with the finality of death. The grieving process takes time and there is no “normal” timetable for grieving. Some people can start to feel better in weeks or months. For others, the grieving process is measured in years.
However, many of us struggle to talk about grief and loss. It is something we feel uncomfortable about and something many people avoid. Yet death is a part of our everyday life, thrust into our faces, on the news, social media, in movies, and in life with over 151,000 people dying every day, a number which includes 7000 still births. For those families dealing with the death of a baby or young child the situation can be even more intense, often leaving family members feeling more isolated and helpless.
Still Loved is a documentary on how a group of families have coped with life after stillbirth, and the various issues that interweave such a loss. The documentary also gives voice to bereaved fathers, who speak candidly for the first time about their loss providing an additional perspective to that offered by mothers, grandparents and siblings.
Following the screening TELL will hold a discussion on Grief and Loss with Yoon Ki Chai (MA, MFT) a TELL therapist, who worked extensively with grief and loss at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.
TELL is pleased to be able to screen this brave, and ultimately life affirming film that we hope will help bring a greater understanding to the many experiences of grief and loss that often remain hidden in our society and highlight the role we can all play in supporting those who are grieving.
TELL is also pleased to announce the return of our grief and loss support group in March this year thanks to the generous funding of Helen Fujimoto.
Date – January 30th
Time – Doors open 18:30 – screening starts 18:45, followed by panel discussion at 20:30 – 21:00
Venue – Kumin Hall – Azabu Kumin Center, 5-16-45, Roppongi, Minato-ku, 7 minute walk from Exit 3 Roppongi station.
RSVP – firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 03 – 4550 -1191