Labor of Love: The Hospice Healing Build

Submitted on Tuesday January 27th, 2015

Labor of Love:  The Hospice Healing Build

Beginning in 2012, leaders at Hospice & Palliative CareCenter and Habitat for Humanity began discussing an idea for a collaborative, meaningful, and tangible way for bereaved community members to come together to process death-related grief—and the end result would be a Habitat home for a community member. 

The idea gained momentum and in June 2013, the first nails in the project were hammered. Volunteers worked together throughout the fall—and by December, the house was completed!

Grief forces us out of our comfort zones—much like the Hospice Healing Build did for many who volunteered. However, volunteers proved that, together, they could build a house. With shared experiences grief, they confronted their pain and fear—and in the process, made a dream come true for this Habitat homeowner.

Labor of Love: The Healing Build chronicles the construction of the Hospice Healing Build.  Produced by N.C. filmmakers Stone's Throw Films, the 28-minute documentary is now available for viewing on Vimeo.

You can view the film by clicking here. Type in the password stonesthrow when prompted. 

Don't have time to watch the whole film?  View a 2-minute preview by clicking here and typing in the password stonesthrow.  This portion of Labor of Love was selected as one of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) Moments of Life campaign and has been shown throughout the country.