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“Transforming Loss” will be airing on Detroit Public Television Sunday, March 30 at 4 p.m.

| February 14, 2014 | Reply

Transforming Loss - Detroit-Public-TVWe’re thrilled and honored to share this with you. “Transforming Loss” will be airing on Detroit Public Television on Sunday, March 30 at 4 p.m. At that time, it will be Video Streamed (online) and also available On Demand through DPTV for a certain amount of time (to be determined) following March 30. Please share this info with anyone you feel would benefit from this healing, award-winning documentary.

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New documentary shows how Michigan families cope with loss

| June 4, 2013 | Reply


An interview with Judith Burdick and Elizabeth Guz by Michigan Radio.


Suffering loss and going through grief is a part of the human experience. There’s not one of us who will skate through life without having to cope with losing someone close to us.

But sometimes that loss is sudden and horrifying. How can someone possibly climb back out of that pit of grief?

That’s the question addressed in a new documentary called “Transforming Loss.” In it, we meet six Michigan families who have managed to triumph, transform, and grow, despite indescribable heartbreak. And they have lessons for each of us.

The filmmaker and licensed psychotherapist Judith Burdick joined us in the studio.

Also in the studio was Elizabeth Guz, one of the people who shared her story of loss and transformation, a story that began when her teenage son committed suicide. Today she volunteers for the Heinz Prechter Bipolar Research Project at the University of Michigan Depression Center.


Transforming Loss – Kudos from Eleanor Clift

Transforming Loss – Kudos from Eleanor Clift

| April 10, 2013 | Reply

Kudos from Eleanor Clift, a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine, regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group and author of Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death and Politics which tells the parallel stories of her husband’s death at home with hospice alongside the national debate over the Terri Schiavo case.

“Loss comes to us all, and through the trained eye of grief counselor Judith Burdick, we learn up close in “Transforming Loss” how several very courageous yet ordinary people found their way back to meaningful life when death intruded and changed life in an instant.”

Transforming Loss: A Documentary

| October 26, 2012 | 2 Replies

This inspirational documentary examines and demonstrates the many positive ways people cope with tragic loss through death.

“Transforming Loss” follows six families through the grief process. Incredibly, these individuals have not only survived their profound losses, but have become more than who they were before.

We learn that personal loss actually fuels a fresh energy, which feeds the broken parts. As we heal, a deep desire emerges to help others experiencing similar loss—to be the inspiration and the example of one who has survived and transformed through perseverance and faith.

Judith Burdick’s goal, as a documentary filmmaker is to provide an intimate window into their heartfelt loss, grief and healing journey. Viewers feel their heart-wrenching loss and cheer for these incredible, everyday people who have found their way back.

“Rather than buckling beneath the weight of the loss of my young husband, I allowed it to empower me as a person and then as a healer. This film examines and demonstrates the many positive ways people cope with tragic loss through death. These individuals have not only survived their profound losses, but have become more than who they were before. As a part of the healing journey, they have all chosen to help others. This is the gift and the hope depicted in the larger story.” – Judith R. Burdick



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Tickets on Sale: February 5, 2014 – Oakland Community College – Transforming Loss: A Documentary

| December 18, 2013 | Reply


Wednesday February 5, 2014 – OAKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE – Orchard Ridge Campus -Smith Theater and Room J306

Free Valet Parking Available -Compliments of Senior Counseling Services Farmington – Farmington Hills

6:30 pm doors open

7:00 pm: film in Smith Theater

Dessert and discussion following the film


Tickets now on sale:

$10.00 purchased in advance at the Costick Center, 28600 W. Eleven Mile, Farmington Hills or online via https://recreg.fhgov.com

or $15.00 at the door IF AVAILABLE.

Link to Panel Discussion – Transforming Loss from Bolderlife Film Festival

| December 9, 2013 | Reply
Honorable Mention - Bolderlife Film Festival

Honorable Mention – Bolderlife Film Festival

Here is the link to the panel discussion which took place immediately following the screening of “Transforming Loss” on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Bolderlife Film Festival.
It was truly an honor to be a part of this festival!


I’m thrilled to be at Bolderlife Film Festival!

| December 7, 2013 | Reply

Today at 3 pm Eastern time, “Transforming Loss” will stream live.

Film Streaming Link


As well, today at 4 pm Eastern time, my panel discussion will steam live.

Panel Discussion Link



left to right: (Jobi Berger, Judith Burdick, Erin Kelly)

I had the most wonderful time getting to know Erin Kelly, the founder of the Bolderlife Festival and Jobi Berger, festival coordinator last night . Amazing women making a significant social difference through their work this weekend.

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“Transforming Loss: A Documentary” has been proudly nominated to the BolderLife Film Festival

| December 5, 2013 | Reply

bolderlife-festivalI’m excited to be attending. The event will feature 36 international films, six original plays, one original dance performance and much more–all in one inspiring event!

Following the film, I will be conducting a workshop. This will all take place at the Sie Center and the Crossroads Theater in Denver, Co, December 5-8. Visit www.bolderlifefestival.com or at @BolderLife.

Here is the link regarding the panel discussion:



Transforming Loss: A Documentary Wins 3 Awards

| November 13, 2013 | Reply

judith-burdick-awardsWhat an evening! I’m honored to share that “Transforming Loss: A Documentary” won Best Michigan Documentary, Best Director in a Documentary (Judith Burdick) and Best Cinematographer (John Anderson Beavers) in a Documentary at the Uptown Film Festival last night. (Pictured here with film participant Virginia Beckley.)

“Transforming Loss: A Documentary” to screen at the Uptown Film Festival on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 4:00 p.m.

| November 8, 2013 | Reply
“Transforming Loss: A Documentary” to screen at the Uptown Film Festival on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 4:00 p.m. at the Birmingham 8 Theatre, located at 211 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham, MI
Acclaimed film profiles six Michigan families and their remarkable stories of profound loss, recovery and renewal of purpose.
Bingham Farms, MI, November 5, 2013 — The powerful documentary “Transforming Loss,” produced by Judith Burdick has been nominated and accepted into the documentary category of the Uptown Film Festival to take place in Birmingham, MI this weekend.
Friedman, Burdick, Kain, Green, Kain, Guz, Weinstein, Beckley“I’m thrilled to have been nominated,“ said Judith Burdick, the film’s writer and director. “It’s been extremely gratifying to see the response. ‘Transforming Loss’ is truly helping others heal and transform from grief, depression and loss. I’m humbled to see the trickle down effect my film has had and I’m motivated to make a difference not only in Michigan but nationally in the near future.”
This acclaimed film shares the stories of seven survivors of profound loss. Viewers will meet Molly Green of South Lyon, a 41 year-old mother of four who lost her husband, Michael in August 2010, to suicide. Ricki, Friedman, of Birmingham will tell the wrenching tale of losing her mother at 13 years old. Gary Weinstein, of Farmington Hills, who lost his wife and two sons in 2005 when a drunk driver struck them, will share his story. As well, viewers will meet Virginia Beckley of Bloomfield, who lost her five-year-old son Myles in a horseback riding accident. Elizabeth Guz of Franklin, whose 17 year-old son, Michael struggled with bipolar disorder and died in 2009, will be featured. Rachel and Michael Kain, of Livonia will inspire with their story of losing their four month-old baby boy Collin to multiple heart defects.
uptown-film-festivalGeneral admission tickets ($10) include a brief post-film Q&A session. Tickets can be ordered at
https://www.movietickets.com/purchase/perf_id/724216098/movieid/158683/exid/upe/language/0. Tickets also will be available at the door. Tickets to the Award Ceremony, starting at 9:30 p.m. at the Palladium 12 Theatre can also be purchases for $10 each as well in advance or at the door.
The Uptown Film Festival (UFF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching local culture and raising consciousness of film as an art form and film production as an economic engine.  It presents quality Independent feature films, shorts, and documentary cinema within the beautiful setting of Birmingham, Michigan. The Festival will screen more than 50 films over a three-day period. UFF attracts an affluent, local, national and international consumer base, while maintaining strong ties with the entertainment industry in Michigan.
Here is the link for the festival schedule, http://www.uptownfilmfestival.com/?page_id=397.
Editor’s Note: Interviews with Judith and those featured in the documentary are available upon request. Media: request screening tickets by calling or emailing Peggy Burkhard at (248) 770-5172.