Mourn with music: Songs for a grieving heart

Aside from poetry about grief, music is a good tool to use when coping with your loss and grief. Sometimes, the tune and its accompanying lyrics offer everything you can’t put into words. 

By listening to music, you can process your emotions much easier and it can help you deal with your pain with the knowledge that you are not alone in the emotions you feel. Read the list below from us here at Bereavement Poems and Articles to discover some of the best songs about loss and grief you can listen to.

  1. Supermarket Flowers by Ed Sheeran

“So I’ll sing Hallelujah

You were an angel in the shape of my mum

When I fell down you’d be here holding me up

Spread your wings as you go

And when God takes you back we’ll say Hallelujah

You’re home”

This 2017 song from Ed Sheeran’s 2017 Divide album is a sombre song written in honour of his grandmother who passed away while he was recording the song. He had written the emotional tribute written from the perspective of his mum.

If you’re dealing with the loss of your mother, Supermarket Flowers perfectly depicts the heavy feeling of seeing your mother’s belongings and having to box them up. The solemn imagery is balanced out by the chorus written above that brings comfort in the thought that your loved one returned home to heaven.

  1. See you again by Carrie Underwood

“Sometimes I feel my heart is breaking

But I stay strong and I hold on ‘cause I know

I will see you again, oh

This is not where it ends

 I will carry you with me”

Carrie Underwood’s 2013 country song called See You Again has an upbeat and hopeful tune. Instead of focusing on the pain and grief, the lyrics of the song speak of the promise of reuniting with the loved one you’ve lost. 

This is a great song to listen to when you’re ready to move past the pain and honour your loved one by carrying their memories with you until you reunite in the afterlife.

  1. Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton

“Beyond the door

There’s peace, I’m sure

And I know there’ll be no more

Tears in heaven”

Eric Clapton wrote his 1992 song after the death of his four-year-old son, Conor. The song is both heartbreaking and comforting at the same time. It speaks of a parent’s pain from losing their child at a young age. 

  1. One More Day by Diamond Rio

“One more day, one more time

One more sunset, maybe I’d be satisfied

But then again, I know what it would do

Leave me wishing still for one more day with you”

One More Day is a country song released in the early 200s by the band Diamond Rio. The song is about wishing you could have one more day with the person you’ve lost. 

When it comes to dealing with loss, a part of the grieving process is wishing you could have had more time with your loved ones before they passed. 

You wish you could spend one more day with them, share one more laugh, perhaps even hold them one last time. The song perfectly captures this desire and allows us to imagine what it would be like for this dream to come true. 

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