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10 Best Songs About Grieving

10 Best Songs About Grieving
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Grief is a natural response to loss, and everyone experiences it in their own way. While there is no right or wrong way to grieve, listening to certain songs can help one to express their feelings and cope with their loss. Here are 10 of the best songs on grieving:

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“Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen

This song is about finding hope and beauty in the midst of darkness and despair. It’s a perfect song for those who are grieving and feeling lost. It tells the story of a person who has faced great tragedy, but has found hope in the face of it all.

Furthermore, it encourages those going through a hard time to acknowledge their situation, but not become defined by it.

This song is a great first step in the grieving process because it’s so powerful and inspiring. You can begin letting go of your sorrow as you experience the beauty in Cohen’s lyrics.


“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

Written first by Dolly Parton in 1974 and made popular by Houston in 1992 for The Bodyguard, it was originally about a professional relationship coming to an end. Houston though angled it more towards a romantic one of course for the blockbuster movie.

No matter the relationship, the lyrics of “I Will Always Love You” speaks to the grief of a relationship that is coming to an end albeit with a love that is still very much present.

It’s a song that can help one accept their loved one is gone, but know they will always have a place in their hearts.


“Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus

Cyrus here sings about being destroyed by love and rebuilding oneself. It’s a powerful and emotional tune that many people can relate to.

Cyrus’s haunting voice and the lyrics of this song capture the raw emotions many people feel after a break-up.

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“Wrecking Ball” is for those who have been hurt by love and the destruction of a relationship. The song will really speak to those who are grieving a relationship and for those who are struggling to pick themselves up after a break-up or losing someone they love.


“Fix You” by Coldplay

This song is about “fixing” one you love – namely lead singer Chris Martin’s wife at the time, Gweneth Paltrow. The song was written after meeting Paltrow who’s father, Bruce Paltrow, had recently died.

It’s an incredibly soft song compared to the rest on the album X&Y but one of Martin’s favourites on the LP mainly because it was one that lifted their relationship in the time Paltrow was mourning.

This tune could serve as a great comfort to others who are grieving – both slow and beautiful – making it perfect for those who are sad and need some time to heal.


“Best Day of My Life” by American Authors

A beautiful song about having a perfect day, no matter what may happen. It’s a great pick-me-up for those who are feeling down and feel like happiness is difficult to find. The lyrics capture the essence of pure joy that we all feel it at one time or another.

The album also makes it a great gift for anyone feeling down. The song itself is perfect for people who are struggling with loss or sadness – serving as a reminder that circumstances are not always bad, and there is still some good to be experienced in the world.

For those who may be mourning it is a reminder to take time out of their day and cherish what they have since everything is transient.


“My Heart Will Go On” By Celine Dion

This song is about never forgetting the person you loved, no matter what happens – a beautiful tune about holding on to feelings of love even when the person you love is gone.

Celine Dion’s voice is absolutely incredible here as one might guess – and will always, without fail, give you chills.

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This song is one for people who are mourning and hanging on tightly to memories of their loved ones. It may help one accept that their loved one is gone, but they will always have a place in their hearts.


“Hurt” By Johnny Cash

This song is about being destroyed by love and then rebuilding oneself. It’s both powerful and emotional that many people can relate to. Cash’s haunting voice and the lyrics embody the way many people feel after a break-up.

“Hurt” is perfect for people who are in pain due to a lover, but refuse to let go of their feelings. It’s a great reminder that although one may be feeling like a wreck, it will be okay in time.

It is another great tune for people who are struggling to pick themselves up after a break-up or losing someone they love.


“One More Day” By Diamond Rio

“One More Day” is about deciding to give it another try. The lyrics remind mourners that no matter how bad things may be one can always begin again. Furthermore, Diamond Rio’s voice is perfect for the slow melody of the song.

The magic of love and what it means to be in love shine through here.

This song is perfect for people who are struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel – serving as a a reminder that everything will be alright in the end regardless of their current situation.

The tune may help one find hope in the midst of sorrow. It is also perfect for people who are feeling lost and alone after a tragedy – offering reassurance that they will make it through this tough time, and that things will get better eventually.


” See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa’s song waxes lyrical about the power of friendship and how it can last forever. The words are beautiful and remind us we will always have our friends by our side no matter what. The melody accompanying is both calming and relaxing.

This song is perfect for people who have lost a friend or family member. It is a reminder that even though they are gone they will never be forgotten.

Furthermore, it’s a tune perfect for those who are feeling lonely and need to be reminded of good times with their loved ones.


“Fire & Rain” by James Taylor

This tune captures the the pain of loss and how some can feel as though they are all alone in the world. The lyrics are incredibly sad but also beautiful.

James Taylor’s voice is perfect for the song and feelings of a tragedy really do show through.

This song is perfect for people who are struggling to cope with loss, reminding them they are not alone in their pain because others have experienced the same. It can be comforting for mourners to know they are not the only ones with dark feelings.