10/21/2013 09:53 am ET Updated Oct 23, 2013

Oprah: 'We Are To Learn From Each Other's Pain'

Over 25 years of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," Oprah watched hundreds of people who had experienced horrific moments of tragedy find a way to rise up from the ashes of their lives. In this clip from "Oprah's Lifeclass," she reflects on some of those emotional moments and what we can learn from them.

"It's always really painful for me to be in an exchange with somebody who's feeling that kind of hurt and that kind of pain," Oprah says in the video. "In all circumstances, I'm looking for what I can take away from it -- what you, the viewer, are able to take away from it."

The purpose, she says, is not so that we can be voyeurs, but "that we are to learn from each other's pain and hopefully grow ourselves up out of the pain," Oprah says.

While many of these experiences were shared on the show, Oprah says there were some that never aired. "There have been moments that have been too raw to actually share on television," she says.

Just days after the Oklahoma City bombing in April of 1995, Oprah traveled to the First Christian Church in Oklahoma City, where community members had gathered to grieve. "Even just thinking about it brings up a lot of emotion," Oprah says. "I remember having a camera crew there with me, and experiencing people in the depth and purity and raw pain -- to the point where it felt physical, the pain, you could touch it."

"I remember saying to the cameramen, 'Please turn the camera off,'" she says. "Because no one is supposed to see this."

"Oprah's Lifeclass" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.



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