for the past few months I’ve been working on this trailer:
I think, once you watch it, you’ll be amazed by these lovely lovely souls. I’ve come to love each of their faces, each of their hearts.
If I’ve learned nothing else from making this video, it’s this– when people are hurting, just wrap your arms around them and let them cry, or yell, or talk and talk and talk, or just sit silently, knowing you are there, knowing they are loved. As Eliza Smith (our brilliant songwriter) stated, “There’s almost never the right thing to say. But there’s almost always something you can do.”
Every person in the video echoed the central themes of Melissa’s book– let people grieve, take your time, speak the names of those you love, include them in your prayers.
Marshall Smith, who lost his Annemarie to cancer, said, “Grief is a very powerful and wonderful emotion… it’s helped me understand how much I love my wife and want to be with her forever.
is a weighty book. Easy to read, yet I want to mark every page, ponder each new morsel of truth. I’m reading it slowly, praying the words sink into my pores, change every cell in my body, until I slowly, finally come into the light.