Our Top Five Go-To Movies for Grieving a Loss of a Loved One
Posted by: Erin Ward in Grief and Guidance | September 10, 2020
Movies are a meaningful outlet for grieving a loss of a loved one, as they can help you understand your feelings. For those who feel alone in their grief, they can give you something to relate to and learn from. 

While comedy and action movies provide a brief escape from reality, this list of five movies can help you work through your grief. 

Below are our top five go-to movies for grieving a loss. To not give away too much, we provided a brief summary of what they’re about and what you can learn. 
 

1. Charlie St. Cloud 


What It’s About: 

Charlie St. Cloud follows a teenager named Charlie who loses his little brother Sam. With his newfound ability of communicating with his deceased brother and other deceased loved ones, he navigates his grief journey. 

 

What You Can Learn: 

A valuable lesson from this movie is that you can find meaningful ways to honor a loved one’s life without putting your own life on hold. 

 

2. Marley and Me 


What It’s About: 

While this movie provides insight on the loss of a pet, it also provides some much-needed comic relief. It follows how a puppy named Marley changes the lives of a young married couple. 

 

What You Can Learn: 

One lesson you learn from this movie is the large impact pets have in our lives and how to properly honor their memory. 

 

3. P.S. I Love You 


What It’s About: 

This movie follows the grief journey of a young woman who loses her husband to a brain tumor. As she tries to navigate her new normal, she receives multiple letters from her deceased husband that help her grieve. 

 

What You Can Learn: 

After watching this movie, one lesson you learn is that you can still move forward with your life while keeping your loved one’s memory close.  

 

4. The Bucket List 


What It’s About: 

This comedy/drama is about two strangers who meet by sharing the same hospital room. After meeting, they decide to leave the hospital to complete items on their bucket lists before they die. 

 

What You Can Learn: 

This movie shows how creating a bucket list can help you determine what’s most important in your life. To honor a loved one’s life, you can even complete items from their bucket lists on their behalf. 

 

5. Up 


What It’s About: 

This family-favorite Disney movie for many is about how Carl honors his late wife Ellie. Her dream was to live in Paradise Falls, so to make that happen, Carl ties balloons to his house to travel there. 

 

What You Can Learn: 

By watching this movie, one lesson you learn is that there are many ways to honor a loved one’s life. You may even see some concepts that inspire your own ideas! 

 
Have you watched any of these movies? Share how they helped with grieving a loss in the comments below! Or, share any other movie recommendations!


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