Grief can be a tough subject to cover, but Sorry For Your Loss does it better than most.
After a long trial period in the U.S, Facebook has launched its Video on Demand service, Facebook Watch, internationally. One of the first shows to premiere on the service since this launch is Sorry For Your Loss.
The series stars Elizabeth Olsen, best known as the MCU’s Scarlet Witch, as young widow Leigh Shaw. It follows Leigh as she battles her grief and re-evaluates her life and relationships after the unexpected death of her husband, Matt.
Whether the premise sparks your interest or not, this is a show well worth everyone’s time.
It deals with all aspects of grief, more so than most series.
Often, when major characters die on television, there is an effort to return to the status quo as quickly as possible. Sometimes, this is accomplished with a time jump. Bypass the worst of the grief, return to almost normal.
Sorry For Your Loss begins four months after the major death that drives the series plot.
And guess what?
Leigh Shaw’s life is nowhere near back to normal. She is living at home with her mother and sister, and hasn’t yet returned to the apartment she shared with her husband.
Life is moving on around her. Her friends are beginning to expect her to move with it. But, as Leigh comments to Matt’s brother, Danny, she isn’t ready to get over his death just because they expect her to be.
This is a more realistic portrayal than we usually see. In real life, there is no time limit on grief.
Sorry For Your Loss handles the issue of addiction in a sensitive way.
As Leigh wades through her grief, her sister, Jules, is five months into her recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction.
Like Leigh, Jules’s journey is grounded in realism. Yes, many addicts have some personal tragedy or tragic event prompting their spiral into addiction. However just as many, like Jules, simply partied too hard for too long, not realising they had a real problem.
Jules is likeable. At times, more likeable than Leigh. So when Jules’ issues come to the forefront in an episode, it is easy to feel for both parties. We understand Jules’ frustration at her family’s lack of trust in her, but we also understand why Leigh, and Amy, the girls’ mother, struggle to give her that trust.
Kelly Marie Tran’s performance as Jules is already winning her new fans, which is nice to see after the unfortunate backlash she faced for her role in Star Wars.
Sorry For Your Loss is earning praise for its realistic portrayal of depression.
As the series progresses, we learn that Matt suffered depression, after which the circumstances of his death become more ambiguous.
The comments sections for each episode are packed with viewers praising the show for its realistic portrayal of Matt’s situation. Suffering depression doesn’t mean a person is never happy. Some may even be happy most of the time.
Leigh, trying to understand Matt, reads an article describing depression as a fog. In contrast, Matt describes it as the opposite, everything being too painfully clear.
Neither one is entirely wrong, as it is different for everyone. Depression is not ‘one size fits all’. And if you haven’t been depressed yourself, it is hard to truly understand.
If you haven’t had a chance to see any of Sorry For Your Loss yet, now is a perfect chance to check it out. The series is nearing the end of its first season, and all currently released episodes are available for free on Facebook Watch.