Conversations in Grief Blog: Grief Goes to the Movies- Part 1

Rainbow Community Care Team
September 29, 2023 / 5 mins read

Grief Goes to the Movies- Part 1

by Hilary Furnish


As far back as historians can go, storytelling has always been part of the human experience. What began as storytelling developed into more visually immersive experiences. From the cave paintings in Lascaux to the first film ever made, humanity has sought to tell stories in a way that draws in the audience. Through story, we connect to the shared experiences life brings. Those of adventure, heroism, love, and grief. Today, as we read a book or watch a film, it becomes easy to connect our own experiences to those of the characters. This ability to see ourselves in this story not only inspires us, but can be supportive as we grieve the loss of someone we love.
With this in mind, we would like to suggest some films that may inspire or encourage you as you navigate the difficult road of grief. These stories may provide language for things you may be feeling, encourage you, or simply provide space for your grief.

Animated Films:
Up- Disney/Pixar (2009)- Film explores the themes of life, loss, and meaning.
Inside Out- Disney/Pixar (2015)- Film portrays how grief changes our perception of life. Past, present, and future.
Coco- Disney Pixar (2017)- Film looks at the importance of memory and feeling connected to our loved ones after death.

Live Action:
Land (2021)- Film explores themes of grief, meaning, and purpose after loss.
A Man Called Otto (2022)- Film explores redefining purpose after the loss of a loved one and the importance of community.
The NeverEnding Story (1984)- Film identifies the value of making space for grief in our lives.
Beaches (1988)- Film explores themes of loss and friendship.
Steel Magnolias (1989)- Film explores themes of loss and the value of friendship.
Dragonfly (2002)- Film explores themes of grief and meaning after loss.