Family Time Movie Theater: Dealing with Death

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Death doesn’t get addressed in American society.  Consequently, we have little help in dealing with the grief that comes from the death of someone you love.  This leaves parents with the task of finding ways to help their kids to have an understanding of death and, as importantly, about the importance of grief and grieving.

Here is a list of movies that deal with death and the grief that follows.  You will find a remarkable range of stories, ages of the characters and ways character deal with death and grief.

charlie-st-cloud-posterCharlie St. Cloud (PG-13)
Drama: Right after high school graduation, Charlie’s younger brother is killed in an automobile accident putting his college dreams (and his life) on hold. This movie is a touching story of grief, finding your purpose, finding love again and moving on after devastating loss.







ordinary-people-posterOrdinary People (R)

Drama: Whoa.  This is a really powerful movie.  A teenager deals with guilt about the death of his older brother.  This movie chronicles ways in which tragedy can tear a family apart.  You can get caught up in the pain, don’t miss the hope and the ways in which the teen uses excellent adults to keep his head on straight.






Still more films with death and grieving: Stand by Me, Heart and Soul, Black Circle Boys, Hear on Earth, Rebel Without A Cause, Saving Private Ryan, Gravity, Groundhog Day, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Tuck Everlasting, Man in the Moon, A Rumor of Angels, A Walk to Remember, Wide Awake, End Game, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Field of Dreams, Always


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