Tonight, I went to a screening of Quick Brown Fox at the Henry Art Museum. It is a very touching film done by a brave woman, Ann Hedreen of White Noise Productions. It is an account, in the first person, of a woman whose mother is dying of Alzheimer’s Disease. During the Q&A, I asked her if she found the process to be therapeutic. She said she found it was not only very healing for her but for her entire family. She said producing the movie helped them learn to talk about it.
My grandfather died of Alzheimer’s and my partner’s father is currently dying of it. It is tragic and the number of people stricken with it grows every year. You can help get this movie seen and heard by more people so that the research can continue. As Mother Teresa said, “We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”
The courage of this woman to document her struggle with her mother’s dying is tugging at me tonight. I do believe what wounds us the most is what we bring forward to the world as healing. I see this every day. I believe strongly in the power of art to heal. That’s why I’m volunteering with Art With Heart, an organization that uses art to help children in crisis. I became an Expressive Arts Therapist because I believe in this work. I feel so inspired to do more because of people like Ann. Bless her. May her wonderful film be seen throughout the world.