The Way

There’s no one way to grieve. I’ve seen it done countless different ways, and I’ve done it a lot of different ways. Grief is a path, a pilgrimage, an experience through which one often discovers clarity regarding the significance (and insignificance) of many things.

Last night my husband and I sat down to watch a movie and accidentally found a film on Netflix called “The Way" (2010). image

The film is about a man named Tom Avery who, after hearing of his son’s sudden death, begins hiking El Camino de Santiago, a well-known pilgrimage route that ends at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the cathedral in northwestern Spain where the remains of St James are buried. As Tom (played by Martin Sheen) hikes this pathway, you get to watch him process his loss, discover an unexpected community of fellow pilgrims, and learn the meaning of his personal pilgrimage on “el Camino.”

If you’re looking for 2 hours of insightful reflection on the themes of loss, humanity, the world, interconnectedness, and meaning, check out this great film which I recommend with great enthusiasm.

((Disclaimer: If you want to enjoy the film more, do not watch the trailer. It spoils it quite a bit. Just take my word for it: it’s worth 2 hrs of your life.))