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Inspirational Movies Based on the Loss of a Loved One

Updated on December 5, 2016

If you know someone who is dying and have lost someone through an illness, accident, miscarriage, or any other disastrous events, here are some movies that tell of people's stories of loss and how they work through their death and their own personal journey of grieving process.

A Twist of Faith (2013)

Tiwst of Faith is about a Jewish man who went through the premature loss of his family and just leaves New York his present state of residence. He was in such a state of shock. He then wanders of, does not let anyone know he is and landed in a small town in Alabama. In Alabama, he is welcomed by the church and another family who help him find his way back to wholeness. life, and meaning again. This is a wonderful, moving story that really shows the impact loss can do to someone and impact of people's warmth to break through the sadness.

Remember Sunday (2013)

Remember Sunday is one of Hallmark Hall of Fame's movie. It is about a lonely, waitress who met a handsome, jewelry store clerk and thinks that maybe, he could be right for her. The more Molly and Gus (Alexis Bledel) gets to know one another Gus (Zachary Levi) and Molly is fascinated with him. But she's also confused.

Gus is scatterbrained and preoccupied. He is hiding that he is suffering from a brain aneurysm, and lost his short-term memory. This means that every day is a brand new day, his life starts afresh. Every day when he sees Molly he struggles to remember who she is and has to fall in love with her all over again. He is unwilling to share this with Molly and causes some problems. Eventually she found out. Take a look at what happens next.

Louder Than Words

This moving film is based on a true story. After the tragic death of their young daughter, Maria, a couple is trying to move forward. As they deal with their grief, they found a way to to honor their daughter's wish for perfect health for all children. Their goal is to build a state of the art children's hospital. The hospital not only keeps their daughter's memory alive, but will bring healing to thousands of children and families. Take a look at how they made their daughter's dream come true.

Loves Comes Softly

Loves Comes Softly is an inspiring movie for the whole family. Marty and Aaron Claridge (Katherine Heigl and Oliver Macready) left their home in the East and travel west in search of new opportunities. The young couple started their journey with high hopes and dreams for their future. They conversed on the trip about the land that they was there for them and the type of home they would build. But when tragedy strikes, Marty is suddenly widowed and all the plans she made with her previous husband came crashing down. Take a look at her journey in dealing with the loss of her previous dreams, loss of her husband and the beginning of a new life.

Enjoy other movies in their series around this theme like Love's Abiding Joy and Love's Everlasting Courage.

Shadowlands (1993)

This inspiring movie is about C. S. Lewis, author of the "Chronicles of Narnia" books and many other encouraging books. This is a true British drama film about the relationship between theologian C. S. Lewis and American poet Joy Davidman, the challenges of Joy being terminally ill and how they both coped and faced life.

The Playbook

The Playbook is a movie that first shows the struggles, challenges of family life and family relationships between a father and son and husband and wife. However, after a tragic accident caused by a friend who was a drunk, this family was torn apart. The husband, Steve struggled with a variety of emotions. This causes him to lose touch with the things most important to him. Take a look at what it took to recover and gain the strength to move forward and live again.


This is such an awesome movie that describes the true love between a married couple who made a promise to forever love each other, even through sickness and in health. But when John's wife, Ellen, receives a medical diagnosis where she might or might not recover, this family is tested beyond every limit. This is a movie that all couples must see. A profound and moving story.

Standing Firm

Standing Firm is about Dave, a Workaholic and who has to deal with bills piling up and possible foreclosure. As a result of his wife passing, he went into a cycle of blame. His son, Steven, has been concerned for his father and also other family members and friends. Watch as Dave seeks answers to the questions since his wife's death Of Why did she die.


Unconditional is a movie about Samantha who's husband was killed in a voilent mugging. As a result of this, Sam loses her faith and her purpose for living. After more than two years of trying to deal with her devastating emotional loss and searching for clues pointing to the killer, Sam reaches the end of her rope. But an encounter with two children and her childhood friend, Joe,begins to change her drastically.

Quotes on Loss and Grief

The five stages - denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance - are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one we lost. They are tools to help us frame and identify what we may be feeling. But they are not stops on some linear timeline in grief. ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

People in grief need someone to walk with them without judging them. ~Gail Sheehy

Grief, no matter where it comes from, can only be resolved by connecting to other people. Thomas Horn

If you're grieving the death of a loved one, remember how you loved them when they were present; know that you can continue loving them in your absence. You can go from grief to peace. ~Louise Hay and David Kessler

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. (The Bible)

“Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope” ~Elizabeth Gilbert


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