7 Uplifting Videos To Find Inspiration Through Pain, Grief & Loss

Let’s face it, this has been a tough year. 

Do I even need to remind you?

One thing we could all use right now, especially if we’re experiencing some level of loss, fear, pain or grief, is some sense of inspiration.

So whether you’re supporting people through grief and loss or experiencing it yourself, we hope these 7 videos about grief, pain and loss from experts around the world bring hope, comfort, faith, and at the very least, some new wisdom.

Check them out below:


How to Heal By Carrying Your Grief – Nancy Bern

After experiencing a stillborn birth some years ago, Nancy Bern found herself being “seduced” by the idea of closure in her grief. She explains that sometimes it’s so overwhelming to be in our grief, that the idea of closing this chapter sounds undeniably appealing. But is that really the way to heal grief? Through her experiences helping others through their grief, she began to understand that the best way through grief is to not wish it away. Check out this inspiring and compassionate take on the grief journey in the video below.


Breathe to Heal – Max Strom

“When we are in pain, we become self-centered and myopic. When we heal, we become more empathetic, self-less, and sympathetic to the pain and welfare of others. It is our gift to others to heal ourselves.”

— Max Strom

What happens when you grow up in a society that celebrates expressing anger just as much as joy… but encourages you to repress your grief? You have a society full of people who don’t know HOW to grieve, because they have been programmed to believe they cannot, or they don’t have time to. Breathwork expert Max Strom shares why breath is one of the most helpful techniques in allowing space for grief, so that we can heal it. 

Click here to learn more about Max Strom’s work.


“I See Dead People: Dreams and Visions of the Dying” – Dr. Christopher Kerr

This video might not be about coping with loss, but in a way, its content can help anyone fearing death of themselves, or loved ones. In this video, Dr. Christopher Kerr offers us all an opportunity to comprehend the potential of richness and meaning in a person’s experience as they approach their end of life. The stories, research and narratives in this video are enough to inspire even the most die-hard atheist on the pure spiritual healing that death’s door offers us.


The Power of Pain – Julia Samuel 

Pain isn’t an easy experience to hold emotionally. But until we accept it, we’ll always have it. Bereavement expert Julia Samuel says “pain is the agent of change.” And in this video, she shares different ways you can use the painful experiences in your life as an invitation to better adapt to life’s challenges and build resilience. If you find yourself avoiding the reality of a painful loss, you don’t want to miss this video.


Why Fear Is Nothing to Be Afraid Of – Pema Chodron 

While this video is only a mere two minutes long, the message will strike you right in the heart, and enliven you with a renewed sense of faith. Pema Chodron is an 84-year-old American Nun full of rich and ancient wisdom, who has been traveling the world teaching mostly about fear and loss. Treat yourself to this nugget of wisdom from a living example of fearlessness. 


My Octopus Teacher – Craig Foster

Sometimes life’s greatest lessons on life, death, grief and loss can come from an octopus. Let me explain. In this visually stunning documentary, filmmaker Craig Foster takes us on his one year long journey with a wild octopus in the ocean off the coast of South Africa. This film will definitely bring tears of joy and sadness, as it takes you through moments of such tender humanness, you can’t help but be inspired by the great journey of life and death. 

(Note: This is just the trailer, you can watch the full movie on Netflix here.)



Grief and Love in the Animal Kingdom – Barbara J King

While we’re on the topic of the animal kingdom, why not dive into the interesting and inspiring journey of grief that animals go through? But first… did you know that animals grieve, just like us? Grief has many forms, especially when it’s experienced by animals. You’ll be amazed at the ability for animals to experience and ritualize grief and death after watching this video.


Feeling inspired, uplifted, renewed? Share with us how these videos made you feel! We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.


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  1. Kevin

    Great Article!