Songs About Grief & Loss of A Loved One

Unfortunately in our lifetime we will all face the inevitable….. the loss of a loved one – be it a parent, grandparent, sibling, child, family member, close friend, significant other or even a family pet. The death of that loved one has got to be one of the most powerful events that we will face in our lifetime. I also believe that almost everyone who has ever lost someone they really loved will remember them through the power of music – by a song that relates to a memorable experience in their life – a moment that is frozen in time. Everyone has there own personal way of coping with grief and it varies from person to person. Sometimes it helps to cleanse your mind with tears when emotions build up inside – and to have a support group nearby to turn to for emotional support.

Remember A Lost Loved One Through Song

Most people should be able to relate to at least one song from the list below. When all is said and done, it takes time to heal and eventually we all learn to move on – never to forget – but hold a place in your heart for that loved one that is no longer here in the physical sense but with you always in spirit. I hope you will find something special in the music below that you can relate to….. and help in the healing process. This may also help you in putting together a custom cd to play or distribute to guests at a funeral , memorial service or celebration of life. I realize not all of the songs below are appropriate for such but are included here because of the grief, suffering or loss of a loved one contained within the lyrics.

Music has a way of touching your soul like nothing else can – without any thought process – just pure human emotion. Consider these as songs from the heart…..

Songs About Grief & Loss of A Loved One

  1. Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert Sullivan (1972)
  2. Angel – Sarah McLachlan (1998)
  3. Ballad of The Green Berets – SSgt. Barry Sadler (1966)
  4. Believe – Brooks & Dunn (2005)
  5. Billy & Sue – BJ Thomas (1966)
  6. Billy Don’t Be A Hero – Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods (1974)
  7. Blind Man In The Bleachers – Kenny Starr (1976) [also see listing for Last Game of The Season by David Geddes below]
  8. Candle In The Wind – Elton John (1973)
  9. Can’t Cry Hard Enough – Williams Brothers
  10. Car Crash – The Cadets
  11. Concrete Angel – Martina McBride (2003)
  12. Crying In The Rain – The Everly Brothers (1962)
  13. Daddy Sang Bass – Johnny Cash (1969)
  14. Daddy’s Hands – Holly Dunn (1986)
  15. Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross (2003)
  16. Don’t Laugh At Me – Mark Wills (1998)
  17. Don’t Take The Girl – Tim McGraw (1994)
  18. Ebony Eyes – The Everly Brothers (1961)
  19. El Paso – Marty Robbins (1959)
  20. Emma – Hot Chocolate (1975)
  21. Everything I Own – Bread (1972)
  22. Fly – Celine Dion
  23. Girlfriend In A Coma – The Smiths (1987)
  24. Go Rest High On That Mountain – Vince Gill (1995)
  25. God Only Cries – Diamond Rio (2006)
  26. Gone Away – The Offspring (1997)
  27. Gone Too Soon – Michael Jackson (1993)
  28. Grown Men Don’t Cry – Tim McGraw (2001)
  29. He Walked On Water – Randy Travis (1990)
  30. He Was A Friend of Mine – Bob Dylan, Bobby Bare, Willie Nelson, The Byrds, The Grateful Dead, The Black Crows
  31. Heaven Was Needing A Hero – Jo Dee Messina
  32. Hello This Is Joannie (The Telephone Answering Machine Song) – Paul Evans (1978)
  33. Help Pour Out The Rain (Lacey’s Song) – Buddy Jewell (2003)
  34. Here Today – Paul McCartney
  35. Holes In The Floor of Heaven – Steve Wariner (1998)
  36. Honey – Bobby Goldsboro (1968)
  37. How Can I Help You Say Goodbye – Patty Loveless (1994)
  38. How Far Is Heaven – Kitty Wells
  39. I Can Never Go Home Anymore – The Shangri-Las (1965)
  40. I Can Only Imagine – MercyMe (2001)
  41. I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes – Oak Ridge Boys (1984)
  42. I Miss My Friend – Darryl Worley (2002)
  43. I Miss You – Miley Cyrus
  44. I Miss You A Little – John Michael Montgomery (1997)
  45. I Will Remember You – Sarah McLachlan (1999)
  46. If You’re Reading This – Tim McGraw
  47. I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy & Faith Evans (1997)
  48. I’ll Wait For You – Joe Nichols (2006)
  49. Into The Fire – Bruce Springsteen
  50. Joey – Sugarland (2009)
  51. Keep On Singing – Helen Reddy, Austin Roberts
  52. Last Game of The Season (Blind Man In The Bleachers) – David Geddes (1975)
  53. Last Kiss – J. Frank Wilson (1964), Wednesday (1973), Pearl Jam (1999)
  54. Leader of The Pack – The Shangri-Las (1964), Twisted Sister
  55. Leah – Roy Orbison (1962)
  56. Little Rosa – Red Sovine
  57. Love Me – Collin Raye (1991)
  58. Moody River – Pat Boone (1961)
  59. Mother I Miss You – John Tesh
  60. Mr. Ambulance Driver – The Flaming Lips (2006)
  61. Never Forget You – Mariah Carey (1994)
  62. Nobody Knows – Tony Rich Project (1995), Kevin Sharpe (1996)
  63. Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are – Meatloaf (1993)
  64. Oh Very Young – Cat Stevens (1974)
  65. One More Day – Diamond Rio (2001)
  66. One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey & Boys II Men (1995)
  67. Patches – Clarence Carter (1970)
  68. Patches – Dickey Lee (1962) [different song than above]
  69. River of Tears – Eric Clapton
  70. Rocky – Austin Roberts (1975)
  71. Roses For Mama – Red Sovine, C.W. McCall
  72. Run Jeannie Run – Jeannie C. Riley (1968)
  73. Run Joey Run – David Geddes (1975)
  74. Running Bear – Johnny Preston (1959)
  75. Seasons In The Sun – Terry Jacks (1974)
  76. Shannon – Henry Gross (1976)
  77. Slipped Away – Avril Lavigne (2004)
  78. Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own – U2
  79. Somewhere Out There –  James Ingram & Linda Ronstadt (1986)
  80. Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton (1992)
  81. Teddy Bear – Red Sovine (1976)
  82. Teen Angel – Mark Dinning (1959)
  83. Tell Laura I Love Her – Ray Peterson (1960)
  84. Terry – Twinkle (1964) [a hit in Canada & The UK – never charted in the US]
  85. The Car – Jeff Carson (1995)
  86. The Christmas Shoes – Newsong (2000)
  87. The Dance – Garth Brooks (1990)
  88. The Last Goodbye – Red Sovine
  89. The Living Years – Mike & The Mechanics (1989)
  90. The Other Side of The Crash/Over & Out (of Control) – Thursday (2006)
  91. The Three Bells – The Browns (1959)
  92. Three Wooden Crosses – Randy Travis (2002)
  93. Two Hour Honeymoon – Paul Hampton (1960)
  94. When I Get Where I’m Going – Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton
  95. Who You’d Be Today – Kenny Chesney (2005)
  96. Wildfire – Michael Martin Murphy (1975)
  97. Will The Circle Be Unbroken – Johnny Cash
  98. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again – (lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber – from The Phantom of The Opera)
  99. Wreck On The Highway – Roy Acuff (1942)
  100. Wreck On The Highway – Bruce Springsteen [inspired by Roy Acuff but a different version than above]

Here’s a LINK to a wonderful site entitled The Memorial Music Library containing hundreds of  Songs For Grief & Loss where you can choose the appropriate song you may be  searching for by type, message, theme, designated person to honor or by genre. Several of the songs you’ll even be able to listen before you to decide to purchase and/or download it through iTunes or somewhere else online.

46 Responses

  1. Monique Vieras – You Will Never Be Forgotten

  2. Thanks for these wonderful songs…

  3. You should add In Loving Memory by Alterbridge

  4. eva cassidy – somewhere over the rainbow
    jonny cash – hurt

  5. Saving Amy – Brantley Gilbert

  6. When I lost the love of my life over 8 years ago. I came across this song by Jessica Andrews called “Never Be Forgotten.” There was some kind of peace I found within the lyrics. “Never Be Forgotten” played a major role in my healing process. To this day if I am feeling lost or sad I listen to the song and I find peace within myself. I know that as long as I am among the living, she will never be forgotten, because I will always keep her memory alive.

  7. theme from love story (1970)

  8. bruno mars it will rain

  9. My cousin were the people on the news that were killed in the helicaptor crash in Hawiia on the honeymoon their names were Nicole Bevilacque and Mike Abel just got married six days after the helicaptor crash in Hawiia.They were a nice,funny,bright,intellgent,great,perfect couple too and it was just sad about there death. Nicole Bevilacque was 28 and Mike Abel was 25 I think I am not sure.

  10. Alicia Keys Like You’ll Never See Me Again

  11. I can’t believe no one even thought about ‘Fly To The Angels’ by Slaughter. It’s got to be one of the most crystal clear songs of actually losing a loved one to God. A lot of the songs I seen listed I don’t think had anything to do with a loved one dying.

  12. Angels On The Moon by Thriving Ivory

  13. I’m trying to find a song. My son died on Feb. 26 2008 and I heard this song named In my heart. I can’t get it out of my mind but I can’t find it. Please someone helps me.

    • I want to sry to hear about your son. But id like to help you… if you could give me lyrics , the chorus n the author if u know n the genre of the music ill find it for you.

    • It is called “Precious Child” By:Karen Taylor-Good 🙂 When my Son died in 2008 also…it really helped me through. 🙂

  14. Monday Morning Church by Alan Jackson…

  15. I lost my 19yr old daughter and new mother with her 7mos of battling cervical cancer. Im looking for good a song plz help,shes to young and left to fast and now her baby will grow up without her ❤

  16. I think you should add the best song about losing a loved one… where my sons are still alive…. they are more than a 2 day drive from me and they are only 3 & 4… I miss them very dearly and it feels like I’m dead on the inside… but the song that helps me grieve is Hurt by Johnny Cash/Nine Inch Nails/Christina Aguilara… originally done by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails… But you can hear the pain so much more clearly in Johnny Cash’s voice as he has lost his best friend (his wife)… Thats the exact feeling i get… I lost my 2 best friends!

  17. I love the list there but I belive songs like Gabriel Peter: I grieve and Stacey Earle: live and breathe should be included

  18. Gather to the Chapel – Liam Finn

  19. Very appropriate site…thank you for sharing!!!

  20. The song called Goodbyes(The Saddest Word) by Celion Dion is a good song if you have lost your mom.

    • I just lost my mom the other day. My best friend had me listen to the song n it truly is a great song for a daughter/s who have lost there mom.

  21. Also: Faith Hill – You’re Still Here. Love this song, it helped me through after my beloved Grandmother passed away. She raised me, she was like a mother to me. She died very painfully and I was with her during her last three days. She died in my arms and tore my soul into pieces, that wound will never be healed… I miss her so much even right now, two years after. She is still here…

    Another beautiful song: Bell, Book and Candle – See Ya

  22. Also heart string jerkers:
    GOOD BYE MY LOVER, James Blunt.

    INSIDE OF ME, Madonna

    SAIL AWAY WITH ME, David Gray

    SHALLOW SLEEP, Hyde (Japanese pop)

    ORDINARY WORLD, Duran Duran

    PIE JESUS, Sarah Brightman

    THIS LOVE, Sarah Brightman


  23. A song I wrote called “more time”
    God Bless…………’LOVE NEVER DIES’

  24. Another great song…sang this at both grandmother’s memorials..

  25. I include the song Angel by Sarah McLachlan when my Father died 3 years ago. I also think that the song I Will Be Here by Steven Curtis Chapman is a solemn and deep song during this painful event.

  26. Nice list. You missed Say Hello 2 Heaven by Temple of the Dog. The whole album was recorded as a tribute to Andrew Wood, the singer of the Seattle band Mother Love Bone who had recently died.

  27. Songs About Grief & Loss of A Loved One Reflections of
    Pop Culture & Life’s Challenges, seemed to be a wonderful post title to give this particular post. Where can I read even more about this?

  28. Lost – Amanda Palmer
    Beam Me Up – P!nk
    It’s A Loss – Rilo Kiley
    Go First – Rose Cousins

  29. My Immortal – Evanescence

  30. Corina Round: For everything a reason
    Sarah Mclachlan: Hold On
    Both are about losing a lover, but they transcend that to be relatable to any loss by death, I think. They helped me cope with the loss of my husband, and then, more recently, the loss of my father. Music is indeed cathartic in many ways, and is a perfect tool to help cope with grief. Thank you for compiling this list, I’m sure it has helped some folks through tough times when in need of something to listen to that they could relate to their own lives and situation.

  31. Also!
    Kate Bush: This Woman’s Work
    Rascal Flatts: What Hurts the Most
    The Cranberries: No Need to Argue
    Willie Nelson: Always on my Mind
    There are so many more I can’t place right now- I hope you don’t mind- I will likely inundate you with comments when I remember. Thank you again for putting forth the effort to make this list!!

  32. I absolutely love Who You Are by Jessie J

  33. Ripping My Heart Out – Juxtapain
    Great song for coping and overcoming grief.

  34. I just lost my mum who is my whole world and everything in it finding it hard now as I’m so alone and don’t feel I belong anywhere now music helps me and I think the kinks – days
    pink floyd – wish you were here
    Try them pink floyd especialy belive it or not.
    Any other suggestions

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