As Gina said, if any of the five had spoken out or had a hesitation, problems or issues with either one of us, we would not have gone forward. Both families struggle to resume a somewhat normal life, the parents feel stifled by the helpful small town community and Michael by his busybody parent-in-law. It is a surreal experience. We always started at night with our bad thing and ended with our good thing followed by prayer. Gina: It was a mind-blowing moment when I watched that video. Wanting to be close to her kids, Gina starts to volunteer at their elementary school and meets the Spehn children, Jack, Danny and Charlotte.
Grief is a healthy and necessary process of human emotion and process we go through with loss. After cancer claims Matt Kell's life on Christmas Day 2005, his widow, Gina and two young boys are left to cope with the pain of his loss while their close church community gathers around them for support. I am hoping to announce something in the next few months. Michael: I got a little taste of it with The Color of Rain, and once that gets in your blood it is hard to shake. Obviously being the man he is talking about in the video was incredibly humbling. Loss comes in so many different ways to families, and grief is a part of the human healing.
I cried and I laughed and at the end I had this warm feeling in my heart. There is a restaurant scene where Gina and I are having our one and only date. We speak all over the country — that keeps us very busy — and we have five kids. The very first time they came over for dinner, there was an instant comfort level — an instant normal. Both families have lost one of the parents to cancer.
After cancer claims Matt Kell's life on Christmas Day 2005, his widow, Gina and two young boys are left to cope with the pain of his loss while their close church community gathers around them for support. How much of a gift to you was that in terms of knowing that a he was absolutely correct and b he had made peace with what was happening? I am a widow myself and was touched by the Spehn family. They were quoting the book and they were quoting us. I thought they both did a marvelous job. In a gut-wrenching coincidence, just weeks after Matt's death, the Spehn's mom, Cathy, also suddenly succumbs to cancer, leaving her distraught husband, Michael, to care for their three kids on his own. I want to see some three dimensional characters. It is not connected to the musical that starred Richard Burton on Broadway, then Richard Harris on film, nor is it a close sibling of the.
In some ways I think that moment was what gave us the foundation we have today. We get at each other instead of coming together. One gentleman we refer to often came to one of the nonprofit events we have for The New Day Foundation and his wife was very ill at the time and they had young children. I wish them all love and happiness. On May 31, Hallmark Movie Channel turns the tale into a winning, warmhearted telefilm of the same name, starring Warren Christie Alphas and Lacey Chabert Party of Five as Michael and Gina. How important was it to you to keep them at the forefront? That faith lives on because he was so incredibly faithful in those closing days. Michael: It was years later.
Grief is going to find us. But it was so natural, that it felt right. You can go outside and play ball. Michael Spehn: And there is so much more to the story when you read the book than just cancer. Gina: Lacey is the nicest person on the planet! It was like a seed was planted in me that day. The story has just resonated with a lot of people on a lot of different levels. On Christmas Day 2005, 35-year-old Matt Kell lost his three-year battle with a rare form of cancer, leaving behind his wife Gina and their two small sons.
One is despair and it can result in depression or broken relationships. It was almost like when your college roommate comes back to visit. As Gina and Michael realize their newfound friendship is so much more, they struggle against some surprising resistance from their families and community to unite their two grieving families as one and eventually learn to open their hearts to love again. In a gut-wrenching coincidence, just weeks after Matt's death, the Spehn's mom, Cathy, also suddenly succumbs to cancer, leaving her distraught husband, Michael, to care for their three kids on his own. It was quite an adventure. I am interested in writing about people of faith in movies that are real. Enter the new Camelot, which premieres April 1 on Starz.
I saw the movie tonight for the first time and only realized at the end that it was based on a true story. I felt so pleased and so proud. Gina: In the beginning the book was an idea — it was just this thought between Michael and I that we should record this stuff for our kids — and then that became clear to us after talking to different people. Over time, the widow er duo finds support among each-other and grows ever closes, as the kids instantly bond to inseparable playmates. Those kind of word and sentiments and those gifts their late mother and late father left behind are beginning to have a genuine impact. But in the meantime I want you to thrive in this world and to do what God has put you here to do.