I had the pleasure of viewing a special screening of this film last fall at the PLIDA conference in St. Louis. I had heard about the film a few months earlier and was happy to have the opportunity to view it wth a compassionate and connected audience. It did not disappoint. I will be the first to share openly that it was an emotional journey but crafted so carefully and so artistically.
In the film, Expecting Sunshine, Alexis Marie shares her personal experience and reflections on the loss of their precious son Zachary in 2010. Alexis Marie and her family offer a glimpse into the pain and life changing experience of losing a child and follow their difficult journey through pregnancy after loss. Multiple families are interviewed and share their personal stories of loss and infertility sending a strong message that we are not alone. For me, hearing other’s stories helps to normalize some of my own feelings and questions.
The truth is the subject matter is hard, but it is authentic and true. These stories are the experiences many of us have endured and are making sense of everyday. The film provides an opportunity to connect to our own feelings through the words and experiences of others. Coming together to support each other, sharing both the heartache and the beauty in compassion and hope.
It may be your child, sibling, parents or best friends that have been through this. If so, you have likely been personally affected by the loss as well. This film may offer some new perspectives and highlight what your loved ones may be going through and will continue to work through for the rest of their lives. It may introduce a starting point for dialogue or some answers to questions that have always been uncomfortable to ask.
For direct line medical and grief support staff this film provides a creative learning opportunity to dig in a little deeper to the depth behind the diagnoses. Many of you face this on a daily basis and provide not only knowledge and skill, but the utmost compassion and support through the darkest moments of our lives.
If you have been through any of these traumas directly or support those that have, I invite you to take a few hours out of your day to view this beautiful film and say hello to some of the great support services and organizations we have in our community.
For those in Calgary I hope to see you there. Tickets can be purchased at the door or through the link below. See event poster below for more info. To purchase the film or bring it to your area please contact Alexis Marie Chute at firstname.lastname@example.org :>
Sending you love and light always.
~ XO, Alanna