Film Screening and Discussion of My Mother’s Garden

November 2, 2011


Film Screening and Discussion at Salem State University to Address Issues of Compulsive Hoarding and the Impact on Friends and Families

Salem, MA —     My Mother’s Garden,, a film by Cynthia Lester, tells the very personal story of her mother, Eugenia Lester’s severe hoarding disorder and the impact on their family.   The film documents how one family comes together to cope with their mother’s disorder and rebuild a lost sense of family.  Hosted by Salem State University School of Social Work, the film and follow up discussion will take place on Saturday November 19th at 2:30 pm in Marsh Hall Theatre, 352 Lafayette Street, Salem.   The 70 minute film will be followed by a Q & A and discussion of how hoarding affects loved ones and families.  Light refreshments will be provided.   A suggested donation of $5.00 is requested.

“Hoarding is especially stressful for family members.   Until recently most of the research on hoarding and the media focus has been on the hoarder themselves and hasn’t looked holistically at the impact on family members. We saw a need in the community to get the word out that there are resources for loved ones, and that they too need support”, states Laurie Grant, Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

For further information and to RSVP, please contact either Laurie Grant, 617-548-8927,, or Liz Vago, 978-744-3442,

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