Thousands of Canadian families are affected by perinatal grief every year, and yet the issue has remained largely unrecognized. Parents who’ve lived through the experience of miscarriage or the death of a newborn find themselves feeling very much alone, with nobody to listen to them. The health-care system doesn’t have the resources to help, and there are few tools that allow community members to offer support.
Co-directed by Samuel-A. Caron and France Gallant, Moments of Life shares the stories of women and men who’ve experienced this particular form of grief, shining light on a sensitive subject. We follow bereaved parents who form a group in the Edmundston region, where they live, to offer support for people who’ve been through the same painful experience. Driven by their desire to bring comfort to others and raise awareness about the legitimacy of their pain, these parents are determined to have their voices heard. And through education, they aim to break the silence around perinatal grief, counter common misunderstandings, and help people who’ve lived through the experience feel less isolated.
In following their efforts, the film is not only a conversation-starter but also a source of hope and inspiration for other parents. Grief endures, but sorrow can be shared.