The Bottom Line
- Beautiful and inspiring.
- Diverse in its portrayals of loss.
- Expensive. Most appropriate for group showings due to price.
- The Gifts of Grief
- Produced and directed by Nancee Sobonya
- Edited by Robert C. Goss, Jr. and Ted Evan Seymour
- Videography by Vincente Franco
- Copyright 2005 Shining Light Productions
- Running time: 52 minutes
Guide Review - The Gifts of Grief: A Film by Nancee Sobonya
The stories include that of Isabelle Allende who lost her daughter after a year in a coma. Isabelle paints such a vivid picture of the depths of her sorrow and the process she took to move through her grief. "Grief is like a wave that soaks you through and just when you think you can't take anymore, another wave comes.....and it leaves you soaked like a sponge."
Also included are the stories of Vinny Ferraro who's mother died suddenly when he was 17 and who numbed his pain with drugs before finding a way to heal, and Kenner Stross who lost his two best friends and their two small children in the September 11, 2001, plane crash at the Pentagon. Kenner describes his grief as "An enormous crater that is 20 miles wide and 10 miles deep, belching forth sulfurous, black, acidic smoke......I'm always walking right on the edge of this crater."
With such vivid images of the pain and suffering that loss thrusts upon us, it's encouraging to see how these individuals journeyed through their grief and came out the other side with their hearts full of gifts.