Songs for the grieving heart

April 12, 2017, Michaela Evanow, 1 Comment

Hey! This post has been updated. The Playlist has grown (40+ songs) and changes slightly with time, but many of you have told me you find comfort and release in it. I’m so glad to hear that. 

Music has carried me through the most intense and agonizing moments of my life. Sometimes all I wanted was silence in the early days of grief, but as time passed, I leaned into the melodies that brought back memories with my daughter, and new sounds that spoke to my tender heart.

Music gave me room to grieve, to remember, to imagine, to heal.

These songs have spoken to my heart in many different ways. Some are old, some are newer. I hope you find rest in them and let the lyrics whisper to those uncovered places in your heart.

Music is magic and it can unlock our sorrow like nothing else. Sometimes the best cure for a grief wave is letting our hearts dip deep into the sadness.

  1. A Case of You: k.d Lang
  2. Nobody’s Crying: Patty Griffin
  3. Fourth of July: Sufjan Stevens
  4. One Way: Rose Cousins
  5. Heavenfaced: The National
  6. I’ll Let You Go: Jessica Allossery
  7. Welcome Home: Joy Williams
  8. Guiding Light: Foy Vance
  9. I Know You By Heart: Eva Cassidy
  10. Heaven: Craig Cardiff
  11. Death With Dignity: Sufjan Stevens
  12. Mark’s Song: Eastmountainsouth
  13. Your Love Remains: The Brilliance
  14. You Cannot Lose my Love: Sara Groves
  15. Forever With You: Nathan Roberts
  16. How Do You Keep Love Alive: Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
  17. Not Alone: Patty Griffin
  18. Annabelle: Gillian Welch
  19. All Is Not Lost: The Brilliance
  20. Orange Sky: Alexi Murdoch

You can find the playlist on Spotify.

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  • Reply the home birth of Rory – Michaela Evanow June 5, 2019 at 9:08 PM

    […] over me as I laboured and I cried for her, missing her and loving her all at once. I put on the songs for a grieving heart playlist I had made weeks ago, and fell right into the perfect rhythm as I listened to “A Case of […]

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