In this short film bereaved parents and siblings talk frankly and openly about their feelings on losing their child, or sibling, and how The Compassionate Friends supported them.
The film was made especially for TCF by film-makers Jimmy Edmonds and Jane Harris, who are BEYOND GOODBYE. Their own son Joshua died aged 22 in January 2011. TCF Trustee, Jane, and Local Contact, Jimmy, talk to bereaved parents and siblings about their grief, the importance of saying their child’s name and the support they have gained from TCF.
Say Their Name is the only film available in the UK made by bereaved parents for bereaved parents and their families in which grieving parents and siblings have been able to speak openly, candidly and in public about the devastating experience of the death of their son or daughter. It provides an invaluable insight into what many have described as any parent’s worst nightmare and will give comfort to the newly bereaved, and understanding to their friends and family.
“A lot of bereaved parents will relate to this and for the rest of us it gives us some clues as to what not to say to someone who’s just lost a child, such as ‘we’ve decided you should have another baby’. Such a moving film. Very sad, but very powerful.”
Claudia Hammond, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind
Each year thousands of parents suffer the loss of a son or a daughter. Please help us to support families in their time of greatest need.