By Rosemary Smith –

Who are we?  What really matters?  Is it possible to find true happiness after a great loss?  These were some of the questions we tried to answer in the film my husband Luther and I produced, call “Space Between Breaths.”

In the film, we looked at the possibility that grief can be a motivational, transformational force in our lives. The film features conversations with parents who have lost a child (as we did), including those whose loved ones died at Columbine, on September 11th, and in Iraq. We hope that “Space Between Breaths” offers an inspired and healing perspective on loss which will transform the way others live and love.

In May of 2008, “Space Between Breaths” was named Best Documentary at the Sweet Auburn International Film Festival, an annual celebration of Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn Historic District.

In addition to co-producer, I wrote and directed the film. It was edited by Richard Fong Zhu. The cinematographers were Chip and Anne Swetnam, and the original score was by two-time Grammy nominated recording artist Cindy Bullens.  As Claudia Grammatico, mother of Paul, says: “I think there’s a wonderful discovery in grief, but you have to look through it with completely different eyes.”

For more information about the film, contact Rosemary C. Smith at or

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Rosemary Smith was raised in New Albany, Indiana, and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy, graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1970. Married to her school classmate, Luther G. Smith in 1971, the two have been responsible for developing a unique, independent pharmacy chain known as Jordan Drug.The Jordan Drug corporate offices are in Beattyville, Kentucky where Rosemary not only fulfills her role as a practicing pharmacist but also attentively upholds the role of Secretary/Treasurer of the company. While Smith continues her flourishing career as a practicing pharmacist, she carries in her heart a message of faith, hope and inspiration. Rosemary’s heartfelt message stems from the loss of her two older sons, Drew, born April 27, 1974 and Jeremiah, born July 4, 1977, both of whom tragically died in a car accident in 1992. Since that heartrending day, Rosemary has become a woman who knows that she was left on earth without her sons primarily so that she could help others live through a tragedy of such enormity. She is the author of “Children of the Dome,” a non-fiction book of hope. She and her husband Luther have co-produced a documentary, “Space Between Breaths,” which had a private screening on May 31, 2007. Rosemary hosts a web site for bereaved parents located at where she shares thousands of bereavement packets comprised of books, videos and writings collected over a five-year period, all devoted to helping families across the country. Rosemary has been selected as keynote speaker for the J.I.M (Joining in Memory) Conference in Williamsburg, Kentucky. She has been the keynote speaker at other national bereavement conferences where she leads workshops on a variety of bereavement topics. A committed member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, she makes her home in Beattyville, Kentucky, sharing life with her husband Luther and her son Jordan. Rosemary appeared on the radio show “Healing the Grieving Heart” with Dr. Gloria & Dr. Heidi Horsley to discuss “Finding Meaning After the Death of Two Children.” To hear Rosemary being interviewed on this show, go to the following link:

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