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
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!