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21 Great Songs for Grieving

by | Mar 25, 2014 | For Families, Grief and Loss

Violin and sheet music

Music has always been a driving force in my life. Besides spending my summers singing camp songs around the bonfire, some of my most vivid childhood memories are of cleaning the house to a soundtrack of “Golden Oldies” or singing along to old country songs on the radio on long car trips.

So it came as no surprise to me that, following the stillbirth of my first child, one of the most natural outlets for my grief turned out to be music. Whether you need a little comfort of your own or want to pass this list on to any of your families that are suffering, I hope you find the following list of great songs for grieving to be helpful — wherever you are on the journey of loss.

“Dance with My Father” — Luther Vandross

“Don’t Take the Girl” — Tim McGraw

“How Can I Help You Say Goodbye” — Patty Loveless

“I Will Remember You” — Sarah McLachlan

“Hallelujah” — Rufus Wainwright

“Nobody Knows” — Tony Rich Project

“One Sweet Day” — Mariah Carey & Boys II Men

“Tears in Heaven” — Eric Clapton

“Not as We” — Alanis Morissette

“Fire and Rain” — James Taylor

“In Loving Memory” — Alter Bridge

“Beam Me Up” — Pink

“Lullabye” — Billy Joel

“Stars” — Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

“I’ll Be Missing You” — Faith Evans & Puff Daddy

“Gone Too Soon” — Daughtry

“Small Bump” — Ed Sheeran

“Holes in the Floor of Heaven” — Steve Wariner

“Into the Fire” — Bruce Springsteen

“When I Get Where I’m Going” — Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton

This article was written by Sarah Rickerd, a former employee of Frazer Consultants.

Are there any songs that have been particularly meaningful to you that you’d like to see added to this list? Leave a note with your recommendation in the comments below!

29 Comments

  1. Jim Gallagher

    Very touching.  I will use these in the future.

    Reply
    • Matt Frazer

      Thanks – so glad you found them helpful!

      Reply
    • Matt Frazer

      Great recommendation – haven’t heard that song in ages!

      Reply
  2. Syaiful MANAN

    You miss “Honestly” and “Lady” from Billy Joel

    Reply
  3. Robin Didricksen-Read

    Go in peace, by sam baker. Lost my daughter at 39 weeks 4 months ago. This song is my prayer to her.

    Reply
  4. Karen Moran

    Goodbyes by 3 Doors Down, I Will Not Say Goodby, by Danny Gokey, Let it Hurt by Rascall Flatts, I Will See You Again by Faith Hill

    Reply
  5. Lisa Mulloy

    “We Do Not Die” by Velvet Hammer. A Pagan song (remember, not all families are Christian), good to have a wider variety of songs.
    https://youtu.be/xY0xORYkgJY

    Reply
  6. Lori

    On My Way Home by Enya.

    Reply
  7. Inez

    I’ve had grat help from The Mary Ellen Carter, by Stan Rogers. It is grief and hope.

    Reply
  8. Dayday

    Total – I don’t wanna smile
    Amanda Perez – Angel

    Reply
  9. Vicki

    The song. IT ISN’T EASY TO SAY GOODBYE by Kenny Chesney.

    Reply
  10. Patricia

    In the living years by Mike and The Mechanics

    Reply
  11. kodabear24

    forever young by rod stewart
    you should be here by cole swindell

    Reply
  12. Katrina Matthews

    Who you’d be today by Kenny Chesney

    Reply
  13. Ellen Feliciano

    Will I See You In Heaven by the Jayhawks

    Reply
  14. Ellen cassidy

    One more day by diamond Rio

    Reply
  15. Ellen cassidy

    Also..my old man by Zac Brown band. I cannot watch the video without crying. Priceless

    Reply
  16. Robbie Thinks

    Amazing Grace by The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

    Reply

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