Two sets of parents with connections to Cirencester College will be hosting the showing of a documentary film based around the grief of losing a child to raise money for charity.
Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds, along with Liam and Deirdre Nolan, are both parents who have lost a child and are raising awareness around the subject of grief. The acclaimed documentary film, ‘A Love that Never Dies’ was made by Jane and Jimmy and the screening will raise funds for two different charities – Children with Cancer UK and The Good Grief Project. The documentary film will be streamed live from The Sundial Theatre at Cirencester College on 21st November, and will be followed by a question and answer session live from the theatre, delivered by the filmmakers and Liam and Deirdre.
Jane and Jimmy’s son Josh was twenty-two when he was involved in a fatal traffic accident while travelling in Vietnam. His parents went on to set up The Good Grief Project, a charity which promotes an understanding of what it means to grieve within a society that often has difficulty talking openly about death, dying and bereavement. They made ‘A Love That Never Dies’ while travelling through the US, interviewing other parents whose children had died under tragic circumstances. It is a positive and hopeful film, intended to encourage dialogue around grief and facilitate a shared conversation about loss and bereavement. The recently refurbished media suite at Cirencester College was named after Josh, who was a student at the College and went on to become a producer at the Ministry of Sound in London.
Liam and Deirdre, both members of staff at Cirencester College, have been carrying out various fundraising activities throughout the year in memory of their daughter Laoise. Laoise was nine when she died in 2016 following eight years of treatment for leukaemia. They are raising money for Children with Cancer UK, a charity which funds research into finding safer, more effective treatments for all young cancer patients. The charity also funds welfare projects for children with cancer and their families, ensuring that they get to have some happier times during their treatment.
The film will be live-streamed on Saturday 21st November at 8pm. Tickets for the event are available here.