THE GOOD GRIEF PROJECT

Update posted by JAMES EDMONDS On Dec 03, 2015

Dear All,

This is just to let you know that our daughter Rosa will be on BBC Breakfast show tomorrow (Friday 4th DEC) talking about the death of her brother and THE GOOD GRIEF PROJECT - all part of a week of programming around death dying and bereavement - watch out for the video message from Jane as we start filming for the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca Mexico. Please share.

Go girls!!

Update posted by JAMES EDMONDS On Nov 09, 2015

The Day of the Dead in Mexico - 6 year old Gisel reads to her brother Santiago who died three years agoThe Day of the Dead in Mexico - 6 year old Gisel reads to her brother Santiago who died three years ago

Our principle filming period for THE GOOD GRIEF PROJECT is now complete ? thank you to everyone who has supported us so far. You truly are amazing both for the financial contributions you have made but also for all your messages and encouragement that have given both of us so much more confidence on what has been quite a demanding journey, both physically and emotionally.

So we are now in Costa Rica, resting up after ten weeks on the road. Including an amazing visit to Oaxaca in Mexico for the Day of the Dead, we now have 13 truly illuminating stories of personal grief, interviews from three of the top academics and thinkers in the field of trauma, loss and grief as well as our own reflections on what we have learnt so far ? this amounts to over 80 hours of footage which now needs to be edited into a feature length documentary.

Well that?s the plan ? we start the edit in January and have given ourselves four months to work the material into what we believe will be a totally unique view of what it means to survive the death of a child in a society that doesn?t really have the language or the support systems to help parents like us adapt to our new lives. Grieving for a son or daughter who has died too soon, is very very hard work and often very lonely ? it is something that most will do in isolation, if only because the emotions that accompany such grief are uncomfortable (hate, anger, bitterness, guilt, fear, insecurity) and not conducive to the workings of normal social interaction. To say that the bereaved often feel like lepers is an understatement. THE GOOD GRIEF PROJECT seeks to shed a small light on all this, both as a way of validating the experience of the bereaved as well as helping those who want to support them.

By the end of March 2016 we hope to have condensed each individual story to a form that taken as a collection can give us an idea of how to build an overall narrative for the film. Our current thinking is to create a viewing experience in which each story can ?stand alone? as well as contributing to the general dynamic of the longer documentary. We have filmed more stories than we had at first anticipated but this is, we now feel, to the good. Although this will require more work in the edit, cutting each story on its own merits, allowing individual voices their own space, is probably just as important as creating a general overview of parental bereavement in contemporary society.

We also have thoughts about making THE GOOD GRIEF PROJECT, interactive and on going. But that is for the future. First things first.

We are very much looking forward to the edit. Jimmy has been fortunate to have had a very rewarding 25 year career as an editor for tv documentaries, but this he says ?will probably be my most challenging project to date but one will hopefully bring the most rewards?. What is always at the back and often in the front of our minds is that if it hadn?t of been for the total coincidence of an old man wheeling his bicycle up a hill, a young man on his own road trip on a motor bike, and a tipper truck all contesting the same piece of tarmac in a remote part of Vietnam, we wouldn?t be here and THE GOOD GRIEF PROJECT wouldn?t exist.

As much as we honour all those who have shared their stories with us, and all those we hope will benefit from listening to them; as much as we honour all of you who have so generously supported us so far, we also honour and thank that 22 young old man we are proud to call our son

To JOSHUA !!!!!

For the latest on THE GOOD GRIEF PROJECT click here


Street art in Oaxaca

Street art in Oaxaca - Oct 2015 (sleepy picture of Joshua and montage by Jimmy)
Update posted by JAMES EDMONDS On Oct 01, 2015

A slight diversion from our usual form of transport

A slight diversion from our usual form of transport


First off thanks to everyone who has contributed to our funding - your support has made the GOOD GRIEF PROJECT truly viable - along with the fabulous welcomes we have received from all we have met so far in the USA, we are now super confident that the project will yield amazing results - the film, the photos and the research that we are carrying out will do much to put the voices of grieving parents and siblings on the map.

We are now in week six of the journey, covering over 4000 miles so far, and have filmed 9 stories and interviewed two academics - amounting to over 50 hours of footage.


You can follow our trip and read up on all the stories by visiting our blog - https://thegoodgriefproject.wordpress.com.

sunset on Independence Pass, near Aspen Colorado

Sunset on Independence Pass, near Aspen Colorado


Update posted by JAMES EDMONDS On Jun 16, 2015

16th June 2015

Karl Gregory has kindly gifted 45 to THE GOOD GRIEF PROJECT with this message -

"a small donation to help such an important project. I hope the venture goes well for everyone"

Thank you so much Karl for your support and encouragement - look out for our updates.

Jane and Jimmy


2nd August 2015

We have just received 300 (offline) anonymously given with the following message - in memory of Josh and all the children who have died too young.

18th August

Shelagh O?Neill has kindly donated 20 in memory of her son Richard ?who would have loved to travel but didn?t have the chance?. Thank you so much Shelagh - and that you for sending us Richard?s photo. He will be travelling with us all the way to Mexico. Jane and Jimmy


21st August

Charles and Susan Early have generously donated 200 to the fund - thanks to both of you for your faith and commitment to our work .. you are both complete stars .... xxx Jimmy and Jane

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Lisa Earp

Backed On Dec 02, 2015 Amount Hidden

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Louise Donnelly

Backed with £2.00 On Dec 01, 2015

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To take you to a nice round figure! And if it hadn't have been for the coincidences that resulted in Josh's fatal accident and the parallel coincidence of a 25 year old man taking his paraglider out in the Pyranees four years ago just as the winds started to behave unpredictably - we would never have met you and developed the treasured friendship we have today. How unpredictable life is.....

Vicky Joseph

Backed On Nov 09, 2015 Amount Hidden

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Good luck and all the best. Archie

Archie Muller

Backed with £25.00 On Nov 09, 2015

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Incredible work, thank you both and thank you to all the contributers. I hope you have a wonderful rest and good luck in the new year, really looking forward to seeing it. Lots of love xxx

Clare Trotter

Backed with £5.00 On Nov 09, 2015

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As a bereaved mother of 2 sons I applaud what you are doing in this project and await the results with great interest.

eleanor ella

Backed with £50.00 On Oct 29, 2015

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My motto is PASS IT ON ........ love ,money,support or just a smile and wonderful things will happen . ..... Make it happen xx

Guest

Backed with £50.00 On Oct 24, 2015

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Jane and Jimmy are two remarkable people. I have no doubt that this film will be a wonderful way to honor Josh and to educate the world about one of the most painful experiences a person can have. I feel so fortunate to have met them and very much look forward to learning about the rest of their trip.

M Katherine Shear

Backed On Oct 24, 2015 Amount Hidden

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Always last minute, but wishing you well throughout. Hugs and love. Sx

Simon Edwards

Backed On Oct 02, 2015 Amount Hidden

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Hope the journey and filming is going well. Love to you both, Dominic xxx

Dominic Weston

Backed with £100.00 On Sep 30, 2015

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