New York Life, in partnership with HBO, The Moyer Foundation, and local Camp Erin Affiliates, debuted the documentary, One Last Hug (…and a few smooches), Three Days at Grief Camp, on April 14, 2013. Director Irene Taylor Brodsky is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award winning director, producer, writer and cinematographer whose documentaries have shown at film festivals and on television worldwide.
This particular documentary is an unflinching short film set at camp Erin, a sleep-over summer camp where grieving children of all ethnicities find comfort in one another, to deal with their pain. Under the guidance of grief professionals, kids learn that their feelings are normal – and that by taking about them they can begin to heal. With unprecedented access, the show illuminates the effects of death and grief on children. Its inspiring and emotional journey is intimate, cathartic and is a testament to the healing power of friendship and support.
One in seven American children, before the age of 20, will experience the death of a loved one. Sadly, few are prepared to deal with the grief that follows. From profound sadness and heartbreak to confusion and anger, a child’s grief can be devastating. It can also be lonely. At a time in life when fitting in is important, grief can make kids feel different and isolated from their peers. Fortunately, there’s a place where grieving children can go to be understood.
Camp Erin – Tucson/Phoenix
Dottie Kissinger Children’s Bereavement Camp