Yesterday I filmed a young husband, father who is in the final days of pancreatic cancer. He was engaged and went through a range of emotions, both laughter and tears, and it was about 30-40 minutes of filming. As I was packing up equipment and talking with his family who had entered the room, he lay down, his wife handed him a blanket to cover himself, and he began openly crying/weeping/sobbing. Whether it was emotional or physical fatigue, I am not sure.
I always say it’s all about them and the gift they leave for family–but this one may have changed me. Yikes.
I am used to the tears, but to see and hear a grown man crying in the same way a little baby would was different– almost unnerving. We work with emotions–& sometimes the reactions to these emotions wrap around us when we least expect it.
This one will haunt me as a teachable moment.