Today, as I write this, I have woken up to the unrelenting reality that my dad is gone. The grieving process seems never-ending sometimes. I know I am not the only one experiencing loss right now, so I thought I would continue to write about it when I can.
I am planning/working on a post about dealing with an anxiety disorder and grieving but I am just not at a point that I can write that yet. So today, I want to share a few songs that might encourage you on your grieving journey.
As you know, music is a great way for me to release my tension and get real with God. Worship is something that even while grieving I am trying to cling to because God is my only hope. There have been a few songs that have really helped that I wanted to share – a few that might make it worse before it gets better. But there is a lot of that in the grieving process.
Songs for the Grieving
1. Oh My Soul || Casting Crowns
One thing that this song has is honesty. The first verse talks about how no one would blame them if they were angry or have doubts after this tragedy. For me, I needed to hear that. But the song goes onto say that God is not leaving us and He will make a way. You can lay this down because God is with you. Oh how I needed to hear that lately. It’s honest but also encouraging. This is a great song if you’re grieving or struggling to understand why your tragedy happened.
2. Tell Your Heart to Beat Again || Danny Gokey
I can barely listen to this song, in fact, it is a really tough song to hear but at the beginning, it was a song that we needed to hear. This song was used in the slideshow of my dad’s life at the memorial so it is a little rough to listen to now. But honestly, there is not a song that spoke exactly what I was feeling like this one did. It is a hard song to talk about, so I just suggest you go take a listen or send it to your friends that might be grieving.
3. Never Been a Moment || Micah Tyler
I added this one because it has been a great help for my family. I guarantee you most grieving people have a phase of feeling like God has abandoned them or the “why” stage. This song by Micah Tyler is such an encouragement because it reminds us that there has never been a day, minute, or moment that God has not been with us. God is who He says He is even in the midst of our grieving, and this is something I have been really working on.
4. Tremble || Mosaic MSC
I added this one because sometimes you just need to remember to worship while in the midst of grief. For some reason, this song has really been on my heart lately. I actually love listening to an arrangement of this song and Ever Be by Caleb + Kelsey. While dealing grief, the darkness and depression can seem strong so this song is a reminder that the darkness trembles at the name of Jesus. Even the shadows cannot deny Jesus. Remember that the fear, depression, and darkness is not from Jesus. Cling to Him instead.
5. Even When it Hurts (Praise Song) || Hillsong United
Another beautiful worship song for the hurting and grieving. I only recently found this song while I was working on my Top 10 Hillsong Songs Update and it was a total God thing. There is one line in this song that really hit home, “Take these ocean tears, hold me through the trial, come like hope again.” I have cried what seems like enough tears to fill an ocean and God has caught each one. This song is a great reminder to still praise, even when the pain is full.
What songs have helped you in time of grief or tragedy? Let me know, I could use some more options to listen too. Send this post to anyone hurting and grieving, I pray that this helps someone today.