For nurses who have lost loved ones at any time in their lives (whether patients or relatives), we’re sharing ten inspiring songs to help with grief.
Music is a transcendental experience. It can help us recall loved ones, process grief, and hopefully, ultimately find a peaceful place within us so that we can bid goodbye the important people we have lost with a braver heart.
We’ve hand-picked these beautiful and timeless songs for you.
1. Time to Say Goodbye by Katherine Jenkins
Time to Say Goodbye was originally sung by the famous Andrea Bocelli. It can have many interpretations but if taken in the context of death, this song sung in the first person has a very positive and inspiring view about parting. The chorus is especially touching.
The English lyrics go…
“Time to say goodbye
Places that I’ve never seen or experienced with you
Now I shall, I’ll sail with you upon ships across the seas,
seas that exist no more, it’s time to say goodbye”
2. Angel by Sarah Mchlachlan
We like to think of our guardian angels whenever we hear this song. The melody is beautiful and makes you feel like you are floating in the clouds.
“you’re in the arms of the angel
may you find some comfort here”
3. You’ll Be In My Heart by Phil Collins
Nurses, did you have a patient who just stole your heart? Did you ever have patients whom you will have a hard time forgetting? Often, when we give of ourselves, we leave a very small smidgen of ourselves with the people we have loved.
“‘Cause you’ll be in my heart
Yes, you’ll be in my heart
From this day on
Now and forever more”
4. One Sweet Day by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men
One Sweet Day talks about death as a temporary parting. Someday, that sweet day will come when we can all meet up together again. When Mariah and Boyz II Men collaborated on this song, they had both lost important people in their lives.
“And I know eventually we”ll be together (Yes, we will)
One sweet day”
5. Only Time by Enya
Enya’s Only Time is mysteriously soothing and calming. It talks about how only Time knows what will happen in the future. For the present, we can only live and exist.
“And who can say where the road goes
Where the day flows, only time
Who knows? Only time”
Also Read: 15 Inspirational Death Quotes For Nurses
6. See You Again by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
See You Again is one of the more upbeat songs on our list (and might remind you of Paul Walker). The lyrics and melody of the music takes us out of grieving and makes us look forward to that day when we see each other again.
“It’s been a long day without you, my friend
And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again.”
7. Angels Among Us by Alabama
This song talks about angels on earth, like nurses and other people who have also helped others in need. This song is very comforting and gives hope.
“Oh I believe there are, angels among us
Sent down to us, from somewhere up above
They come to you and me, in our darkest hours
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give
To guide us with the light of love”
8. Think of Me by Jackie Evancho
Originating from the Phantom of the Opera, this song evokes heart-tugging memories. Jackie sings this song to perfection.
“Think of me, Think of me fondly, when
We’ve said goodbye, Remember me
Once in a while, please
Promise me you’ll try”
9. What a Wonderful World by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Let your hurt and pain be soothed away by Israel’s cool and magical voice. Please take the time to watch his video.
“I see trees of green, red roses too.
I see them bloom, for me and you.
And I think to myself,
what a wonderful world.”
10. Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Another Iz song. We hope that you can be touched by the peace and hope in these songs.
Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far Behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That’s where you’ll find me
Parting is always a painful experience. It’s a process that must unfold to reach healing in the end. We hope that these inspiring songs to help with grief comforted and consoled you.
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