Welcome to the Sweet Pea Project's Blog, part of the Sweet Pea Project's effort to create a supportive and compassionate community for those of us affected by the death of a child. Here you will find updates on the Sweet Pea Project, as well as anything going on in the world that relates to childloss. If you have a suggestion for a topic you would like to see discussed here, I'd love to hear it. Please make sure you stop by the official website, www.sweetpeaproject.org and feel free to email me for any reason at anytime at Stephanie@sweetpeaproject.org.
peace, Stephanie Cole (Madeline's Mom)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Return to Zero Movie Night & Free Photo Session for Sacred Project

If you are within driving distance to Lancaster, PA, then we hope you will join us on Wednesday, August 13 at 6pm for a special screening of Return to Zero and a Q&A session with the film's director, Sean Hanish.  Sweet Pea Project is partnering with Manheim Township Public Library and Utz Snacks to host this movie night for this unique film, which tells the story of a couple whose son was stillborn. Hanish will answer our guests’ questions during a Q&A Skype session immediately following the movie.  Doors open at 5:45, movie begins promptly at 6pm.  Popcorn and beverages will be provided, guests may bring any other movie snacks/drinks they’d like.  Please do not hesitate to come alone, you will be in a welcoming environment surrounded by others who understand the significance of the movie’s subject.  Please feel free to share this invitation with any relatives, friends, neighbors or coworkers who are interested in joining us and gaining a better understanding of this experience.  Please make sure all guests have registered by August 4th.  Adults only, please. Register at www.sweetpeaproject.org/movienight.  This event is free, donations to help fund Sweet Pea Project's community events will be gratefully accepted at the door.
Grace Photos, Sweet Pea Project's resident photographer, has agreed to come out to the library an hour or so before the movie begins to take photographs for any women who had hoped to participate in the Sacred Project, but had not yet been able to submit a photograph.  The photos will be shot outside in the park, free of charge.  Sign up for your free photo slot when you register to attend movie night, and email Stephanie@sweetpeaproject.org to find out what time to arrive.  If you would like for information about the Sacred Project, please email Stephanie for more details
A little bit about Return to Zero, quoted from their website:
“Return To Zero is based on the true story of a successful couple who are preparing for the arrival of their first child. Just weeks before their due date they are devastated to discover that their baby son has died in the womb and will be stillborn. Maggie and Aaron attempt to go on with their lives but cannot escape their postpartum grief. Their lives and relationship have been forever altered by this loss. They try to cope in a myriad of ways — through denial, escape, and alcohol — but when Maggie ultimately discovers that Aaron is having an affair with a co-worker, she decides to end the marriage. Just when Maggie believes she has started a new life, she discovers that she is pregnant by Aaron (from a last ditch ‘this will save the marriage’ getaway to Vegas.) With the help of an empathetic doctor who experienced a similar loss years ago, Maggie finally grieves for the loss of her son. Then she and Aaron must reunite to face a turbulent and terrifying pregnancy.”