Category Archives: Grief in the Movies

The Importance of Sadness

Inside_Out_SadnessI recently took my kids to see the PG-rated movie Inside Out. It’s a Disney Pixar film where the emotions of an 11-year-old girl named Riley are characterized as Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust.

NOTE: If you plan on seeing the movie there is a spoiler alert below!

Joy, as the name implies, tries her hardest to keep things happy and fun. She wants Riley’s long-term and short-term memories to be full of good times and pleasant thoughts. Joy is constantly trying to keep Sadness at bay for she believes it’s only happy memories that help us get through difficult times. Sadness is left feeling guilty, apologizing for all the times she unwittingly caused Riley to feel the pain of the losses associated with her recent move from Minnesota to San Francisco. Read More