Loss comes in many forms: The grief over the death of a loved one, the devastation of a physical or mental impairment, the pain of divorce or separation, or the distress of job loss and foreclosure. The physical and emotional responses to grief can be as heartwrenching as the loss itself. So, where does a person turn for answers and encouragement in a time of despair, doubt or fear?
C.S. Lewis is known and regarded for his literary works of various genres, from apologetics to fiction. This analytical man, with a knack for using his words, was all too familiar with grief. In childhood, Lewis experienced his first loss when his mother passed away. She was the first loved one whose death he would grieve. To grapple with the process of grief, Lewis put his thoughts and feelings in writing. These writings became his book, “Grief Observed.”Based on “Grief Observed,” “Through a Lens Darkly: Grief, Loss, and C.S. Lewis” reflects on the human response to grief. In this documentary, several individuals share their personal stories of the grief they experienced after losing a loved one, a physical ability, and even a dream. These individuals discuss the process they went through, often starting with disbelief and numbness, but eventually ending with hope. They share the usual ways in which others react to their grief, be it avoidance or attempts at consolation. “Through a Lens Darkly” is an excellent film for anyone who has, is, or will be facing grief. It answers tough questions about where God is in the midst of tragedy. The Dove Foundation awards this touching film the Faith Friendly Seal of approval for ages 12 and up, in hopes that it will help viewers through whatever hardship they may be facing.