Movies That Deal With the Grief of Losing a Pet

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Losing a pet can be devastating. It’s no secret that our furry friends have a shorter life span than we do. Which, in turn, means that loss is inevitable. Our pets are like family to us. Losing a part of your family is undoubtedly one of the most tragic losses you can experience in life. Having to deal with the loss of a beloved pet is never easy. There are many ways that a pet can die. It’s not just old age that tears us away from our pets. Just like all living things, they also fall sick. And sometimes, it’s up to us to pull the plug instead of seeing them suffer and battle with an illness they can’t win. This takes a considerable toll on the average human. A pet can also die from infections, allergies, and old age. Here are a few movies that not only deal with the grief of losing a beloved pet but also helps with easing that grief.

1. All Dogs Go to Heaven

All dogs go to heaven is a heartwarming movie about the mischievous Charlie. He’s already dead and living his best life in heaven at the beginning of the movie. This gives the audience a sense that maybe the afterlife is a pleasant place for our departed friends. We later see Charlie come back to life to avenge his death. He learns a few lessons along the way and happily goes back to heaven at the end of the film.

2. Marley & Me

It’s no surprise that this particular movie ended up on this list. We all know what happens at the end of this all-time favorite. The movie beautifully portrays the bond between a dog and their human, built over the years. Marley gets older and older, and one day, she falls sick. Much like in life, we see what’s coming in the movie but can’t help but shed a tear as Marley is ripped away from us.

3. I Am Legend

This movie reminds us why dogs are the best companions. Even during a zombie apocalypse, Will Smith’s character clings on to sanity with the help of his beloved dog, Sam. While they were out searching for a possible cure, they get stuck in a sticky spot, and Sam gets infected. The movie is heart-wrenching in every way. The movie explores a type of Euthanasia and what mercy killing is about. When you’re stuck in a difficult situation, sometimes, the most difficult answer is the most humane one.

4. My Dog Skip

This movie showcases the love between dog and man and how both species have a symbiotic relationship. Skip helps the main protagonist Willie, grow as a person, molding and changing him for the better. They go through thick and thin together. This movie shows the difference a pet can make to someone’s character as they grow. Some other movies portraying the death of pets are ‘Where the Red Fern Grows,’ ‘Old Yeller,’ ‘Hachi: A Dog’s Tale,’ ‘Eight Below,’ and ‘A Dog’s Purpose.’