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The Robert Loggia/Marc Meyers Interview  (Page 4 of 4)

An Interview with Robert Loggia and Marc Meyers

Marc Meyers: I think it served as both entertainment and almost a way for people to identify with their own experiences through seeing something similar on screen. There is a little bit of catharsis and therapy that may actually happen for families that see the film. By sharing something specific, it makes it a little bit more universal for everyone else. Connecting yourself to the movie in that way was the one thing I wanted to provide. In regards to lessons, I think it is important. Death is part of life and in some regards, once you find peace with that and not try to fight it, it is a way to better embrace what you have left.

It is not a movie about how do they put the grandfather in some hospital so that they can find a way scientifically to keep fighting the inevitable, but to allow him and the family to try to embrace whatever can be loved and enjoyed in what time nature has left for these family members. It is almost like the most honorable way you could respect someone; they can enjoy their life naturally and actually connect with this part of their life rather than disconnect from it, and feel okay with that.

I think some families may want to go to a hospital and that is their own choice, but to also see this as an avenue is valuable. It is actually the way man has probably embraced a loss of a parent over the history of us way more than what we have probably done in the last 50 years.

Gary Barg: Yes, nicely put. Thank you. What is the one big, most important piece of advice you want to give to a family caregiver?

Marc Meyers: I think it is what I tried to do by writing the story in the first place, which was find a way to come to terms with what is happening; to accept it so that you can actually enjoy and embrace what is happening within your family or to someone close to you. Do not miss the beautiful, little moments because those will stick with you longer than anything. Be emotionally open and grounded enough to accept this moment, this chapter in someone else’s life and to make it beautiful for them and for yourself.