Movies to Help Kids Deal with Grief

Grief is different for everyone. Kids and families who've experienced the death of a loved one (or pet!) can find comfort in these movies that address loss and its complicated aftermath. Ranging from lighthearted to serious, these films feature characters who deal with the devastation of death yet also find support and comfort as they process their emotions and learn to move forward. For more stories about tough moments in life, check out Books About Grief and How to Talk to Kids About Difficult Subjects.

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Bambi

age 5+

Disney's original circle-of-life story.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1942)
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Charlotte's Web (2006)

age 5+

Enchanting take on a beloved children's classic.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2006)
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The Lion King (1994)

age 6+

Musical king-of-the-beasts blockbuster is powerful, scary.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1994)
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Big Hero 6

age 7+

Awesome origin story is action-packed, deals with grief.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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Up

age 6+

Pixar's stunning adventure is an upper for everyone.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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The Book of Life

age 7+

Beautifully animated film has some scary imagery.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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Coco

age 7+

Stunningly animated, poignant tribute to family and culture.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

age 7+

First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2001)
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Onward

age 7+

Original, heartfelt sibling adventure about love and loss.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Fly Away Home

age 8+

Thrilling, touching adventure for animal lovers.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1998)
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Hugo

age 8+

Spectacular book adaptation is great for tweens and up.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2011)
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Old Yeller

age 8+

Tearjerker is one of the best early Disney dramas.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1957)
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Riverdance: The Animated Adventure

age 8+

Engaging Irish animation deals with grief; some peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
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The Secret Garden (2020)

age 8+

Adaptation has positive themes but falls short on magic.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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The Yearling

age 8+

Thoughtful adaptation of the prize-winning novel.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1946)
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Bridge to Terabithia

age 9+

Beautiful lesson in friendship for young and old.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2007)
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My Dog Skip

age 9+

Great boy-and-dog tale, but be prepared for tears.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2000)
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Okko's Inn

age 9+

Anime ghost story set in Japan embraces grief.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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A Dog's Purpose

age 10+

Tearjerker is sweet, poignant, and occasionally violent.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Beautiful Something Left Behind

age 10+

Poignant documentary about kids coping with grief.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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