Resources for Loss

Scene from "The Good Place" (2020), contributed by Andrew Wang (2021)

This clip is from the last episode of the sitcom The Good Place. Chidi and Eleanor, who meet each other in over 800 different versions of the afterlife (i.e. The Good Place), say their final goodbye after Chidi decides to leave The Good Place forever. The central passage provides a comforting perspective on facing death and loss:

"Picture a wave in the ocean. You can see it, measure it — its height, the way the sunlight refracts when it passes through. It’s there and you can see it and you know what it is. It’s a wave. And then it crashes on the shore, and it’s gone. But the water is still there. The wave was just a different way for the water to be, for a little while. That’s one conception of death for a Buddhist. The wave returns to the ocean  — where it came from, and where it’s supposed to be."

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