Songs for the Grieving

July 16, 2020

Have you ever noticed the ease of getting carried away with a song? Lyrics and melodies that speak straight to your soul. Musical stories that feel like they were written directly for you. I’ve compiled my favorite songs that speak to my grief and loss. Some bring tears, some inspiration, some hope. 

Enjoy listening, friends.

xox, Chels

Lauren Alaina – The Other Side (Official Lyric Video)

Chris Young – Drowning (Official Video)

Dani and Lizzy – Dancing in the Sky

Ed Sheeran – Supermarket Flowers (Music Video)

Cole Swindell – You Should Be Here (Official Music Video)

Brad Paisley – When I Get Where I’m Going ft. Dolly Parton (Official Video)

Maroon 5 – Memories (Official Video)

Andra Day – Rise Up [Official Music Video] [Inspiration Version]

Lauren Daigle – You Say (Official Music Video)

Britt Nicole – The Sun Is Rising

Pentatonix – Hallelujah –  [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Carrie Underwood – See You Again (Official Video)

Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved

MercyMe – I Can Only Imagine (Official Music Video)

Rascal Flatts – Stand

And the final song, a song my sister sent me after our mother passed. I pray you all have a “soldier” in your life too! Someone to walk beside you through the journey of grief. xox

Gavin DeGraw – Soldier

13 comments so far.

13 responses to “Songs for the Grieving”

  1. Mari Turk says:

    I feel beyond blessed that I found you on FB. Thank you for sharing your gift of writing. Your mother would be very proud. (My husband went home 2 years ago after a 7-year battle with cancer.)

    • chelseaohlemiller says:

      Thank you so much for this kind compliment. I appreciate it more than you know. Lifting you in prayer today as you step further into your grief journey. May your path be lit with love’s guiding light and hope’s gracious presence. xox, Chels

  2. Faith says:

    These are great songs, some that I listen to frequentlyto remind me of my mom, and some not so often, but I love this playlist. I found your facebook page this morning after a long night shift, I was scrolling thinking how much I wish I had my mom to call. I’ve been really growing and maturing lately and I wish she was here. A song I listen to frequently when I’m really missing her is “run” buy P!nk.

    • chelseaohlemiller says:

      Hi Faith! I’m so glad you found my page, yet I hate we share this heartbreak. I pray you continue to find comfort and encouragement here. If you don’t already follow me on Facebook, I hope you’ll join me over there. I post daily and it’s filled with others who understand the unique loss of losing a mother. <3, Chels

  3. Patty Fadeley says:

    Many of these are on my grief song list as well. To add to yours:

    Without you by Nilsson
    Thy Will by Hillary Scott
    Wake Me I’m Dreaming by Rascal Flatts
    And my personal favorite the brings a flood of tears:
    You Are the Reason by Callum Scott

    Thanks for sharing your songs, Chelsea.

  4. Carole says:

    Scars in Heaven by Casting Crowns. My son died 2 months ago at the age of 40. I miss him so💔

    • chelseaohlemiller says:

      Carole, thank you so much for this beautiful suggestion. Lifting you in fierce love, comfort and hope as you grieve the loss of your precious son. xox, Chels

  5. Rachel says:

    One Day – Cochren & Co
    One Sweet Day- Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
    When We Fall Apart- Ryan Stevenson
    My Sister – Reba McEntire (breaks my heart every time)
    You Are So Good To Me – Third Day
    Cry Out To Jesus – Third Day
    Broken – Seether & Amy Lee
    Scars In Heaven – Casting Crowns

    Several of the songs on your list… I will go back and listen to the ones you posted that I haven’t heard.

  6. Beautiful songs for my never ending pain. In the course of 6 years I’ve lost my dad unexpectedly, my sister/Aunt/Best Friend unexpectedly, my mom and lastly just recently I lost the last one of my family which was my baby brother unexpectedly. I’ve never in my life felt so beaten down with no strength to even attempt getting up! My world now consist of me, myself and I. I’ve never in my life felt so alone, so lost and angry!!! God please please help me through it all 🙏

  7. Teresa Kirkland says:

    How Can I Help You Say Goodbye — Patty Loveless

  8. missy says:

    These are all great but I would add Green Day- Good Riddance (Time of your Life). Makes me think of my husband every time I hear it.

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A wife, mother and educator who has Indiana roots and a passionate spirit. Chelsea is a sappy romantic, coffee junkie, book collector, and person who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s sarcastic, full of jokes, full of tears, and enjoys writing most when life gets messy or complicated. In 2017, Chelsea's mother passed away. Through her grief journey, she decided to take her mother’s advice and share her writing with the world. One day she gained the courage to honor her mother's wishes and write. It turned out to be one of the best decisions she's ever made.

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