Grieving Through Song: 7 Beautiful Songs to Help You Cope With the Loss of a Loved One

It’s amazing how a smell, sweater, restaurant, movie, or picture triggers the memories of a lost loved one. But when you’re at the beginning of the grieving process, almost anything could bring tears to your eyes.

Grieving is one of the most painful and draining phases to experience. Some people don’t grieve right away, while others feel it fast. Grief counseling might help you through the process.

No two people handle death the same way, but when it happens, you’ll need reassurances that eventually things get better. Listening to music is therapeutic. There are many songs about losing a loved one.

If you’ve recently lost someone or it’s been twenty years, the soothing melody and inspirational lyrics might get you through a crying bout.

Check out the list below of seven songs meant to hug your heart as you go through the sadness.

1. Missing You by Diana Ross

“Missing You” was written by Lionel Ritchie in dedication to his and Diana Ross’ friend, singer, and songwriter Marvin Gaye. The poignant song discusses the feelings of losing a friend and lover.

It’s a calming, but an emotional tune that captures the pain of someone once near and dear to your heart.

2. You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson

“You Are Not Alone” was written by singer and songwriter R. Kelly in response to Michael Jackson’s issues in his personal and professional life.

The beautiful lyrics capture the feeling of losing someone unexpectedly but knowing the person’s memories and love within your heart.

3. I’ll Be Missing You by Puff Daddy Ft. Faith Evans

“I’ll Be Missing You” was written by The Notorious B.I.G.’s widow, singer and songwriter, Faith Evans and Todd Gaither. A portion of the melody samples from The Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” which was written by Sting.

This song gives comfort to the listener by paying tribute and acknowledges they’ll remember the person daily through prayer but is hopeful a reunion will occur someday.

4. Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton and Will Jennings wrote the song “Tears in Heaven” as a tribute to Clapton’s son, who fell to his death.

The song is one of the saddest songs about grief, but the honesty it expresses makes it worth listening to.

5. My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion

“My Heart Will Go On” was written by James Horner and Will Jennings for Celine Dion to sing for the movie Titanic.

The song’s lyrics bring melancholy but Celine’s voice brings tears as the lyrics let everyone know the deceased is not forgotten.

6. One Sweet Day by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men

“One Sweet Day” was written and sung by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men. It’s one of the most upbeat songs for losing a loved one. The beat and lyrics combine well to tell the listener it’s okay because someday you might be reunited with your lost loved ones.

7. Let It Be by The Beatles

“Let It Be” was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon of the Beatles. The song gives hope to the listener by stating eventually a resolution and comfort will find the grieving. So the best thing to do and not stress, but let things be.

Let These Songs about Losing a Loved One Soothe You

There are no quick fixes for handling a death, but songs about losing a loved one could provide the warmth your heart needs to heal.

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