Songs to Help Grief and Loss

Today students brought flowers to school.  With the help of a team of mothers, they made flower wreaths for Margaret.  Something so simple was therapeutic for the students to help them grieve, understand the loss of their friend, and find comfort.  Staff and parents were involved and we all felt peace through choosing a flower and putting it on the wreath.

Flowers for Margaret Flowers for Margaret








As I watched the process, songs were playing in my head.  During this grieving process, I turned to songs for comfort, to express my feelings of hopes and fears of this sudden loss.

Here is a list of songs that have helped me this week and in the past.  Maybe it will help you or someone you know who is grieving.

Flowers for Margaret“Amazing Grace” – John Newton
“Imagine” – John Lennon
“Time After Time” – Cyndi Lauper
“Just One Person” – Larry Grossman
“You Raise Me Up” – Josh Groban
“For Good” (Wicked) – Stephen Schwartz
“Hear You Me” – Jimmy Eat World
“In The Arms Of An Angel” – Sarah McLaughlin
“Your Long Journey” – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
“I Will Remember You” – Sarah McLaughlin
“Keep Holding On” -Avril Lavigne
“Together, Wherever We Go” – Stephen Sondheim


Take some time to listen to them.  Some of the songs may make you cry, laugh, think, or lift you up.  I invite you to share songs that help you grieve.


About Hilary Yip

Music Therapy. Martial Arts. Rowing/Coxswain. Creative Movement.
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One Response to Songs to Help Grief and Loss

  1. Nancy Bewley says:

    Hilary thank you for capturing this beautiful moment of tribute to Margaret in your words, pictures and song. And a big hug and thank you to those moms. Your expression of love for our Margaret brings great comfort to all the staff.


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