Documentary depicts grieving people who build a Habitat house

Documentary depicts grieving people who build a Habitat house
December 24
00:00 2015

Special to The Chronicle

 “Labor of Love: The Healing Build,” a short documentary about grieving individuals coming together to build a Habitat for Humanity house for a family in Winston-Salem, will air on WUNC-TV at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3.

“Labor of Love,” written and produced by Stone’s Throw Films, chronicles the experience of a group of volunteers who built the first Healing Build House in 2013. Laura Hart McKinny, vice president of Stone’s Throw and member of the screenwriting faculty at UNC School of the Arts, said she and her family had been helped by Hospice & Palliative Care Center and wanted to give back by making the film.

A collaboration between Hospice and Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, the initial Healing Build offered 170 volunteers who had lost loved ones an opportunity to experience a tangible, uplifting and hopeful way to process their grief alongside others with similar experiences.

Among those interviewed in the documentary are Donna Hampton, director of grief and bereavement services for Hospice, and Sylvia Oberle, executive director of Habitat Forsyth. Both share openly about their own personal experiences losing a stepson and son, respectively.

A second Healing Build House was built in 2014, and Habitat Forsyth is currently building partnerships for a third.

More information about the Healing Build project is available by contacting Pam Anglin, Habitat’s director of resource development, at 765-8854, ext. 138 or

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