All through history, we have used music to come to terms with loss and grief. It helps us to remember and heal. Music has a way of touching our deepest emotions. It can help us discover these emotions, experience them fully and even accept them. Music creates a space to grieve, especially when words may be difficult, and it can also help us to connect and feel with others in grief.
Music can help us navigate grief and gives us a voice, even as it helps us vent our rawest emotions. Music can help us tell our story. It can define our relationship to grief and even turn our grief into something inspiring.
Music speaks to both body and mind. It helps bring meaning and healing as it straddles the border between what we can articulate and what we can only feel. Music also lets us remember. Through listening to or playing meaningful music, it connects to that untouchable part in us that a loved one leaves in us and allows that part to live on though music.
Arvis Jones, BA MT, MA, is a grief, loss and trauma specialist in the Los Angeles area who specializes in music therapy.
Like any art form, music has long been a means of expression and a way to release emotions we sometimes can’t put into words. Percussion is no exception. What better way to let out your anger, frustration, sadness, or even excitement than banging on a drum? Arvis believes that music is the best way to release painful emotions, and started Damon’s Center for Grief, Loss & Trauma in memory of her son.
The Harrold family has been touched by loss and is committed to supporting OUR HOUSE and all it represents. They are honored to share a little piece of themselves and the music they love to create. They hope that it inspires, especially in these challenging times.
Michele Ryan is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter who writes a lot about family. Having suffered quite a few losses, she naturally gravitates toward original songs about loss, love and hope. She has lots of followers who appreciate her messages of healing and meaning and has touched hundreds of people with her music.
Michele, like many grievers, is able to see loved ones in nature and all around us – in birds, butterflies, etc., as do many grievers and conveys that sense of wonder and companionship in her music.
One of the most natural outlets for grief is music. We are blessed to have music all around out us through radio, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube and other platforms. Whether you need a little comfort of your own or want to pass this list on to any of your friends or family members who are experiencing grief, this is one example of a curated playlist of songs that can help us heal. We hope you find this list of great songs for grieving from our friends at What’s Your Grief to be helpful — wherever you are on the journey from grief to hope.
Jeffrey Prince, is a Los Angeles native music teacher and expert on the healing powers of drum circles. He is known for his contagious enthusiasm, high energy and passion for music. An engaging educator, song leader and drum circle facilitator for many years, Jeffrey believes in creating meaningful and lasting connections through music and drumming. Here he performs “Keep Me in Your Heart” by Warren Zevon, which reflects how we keep our loved ones who’ve died in our lives each day.
Mai is a singer, songwriter, cellist and guitarist from California. She writes songs from the heart and loves to collaborate. As a collaborator, she’s worked with various artists including Raining Jane, Jason Mraz, Adam Cohen, Sara Bareilles, and Willy Porter. Along with her bandmates of 15 years (Raining Jane) she co-wrote Jason Mraz’s chart-topping album “Yes!” (2014) as well as his 2018 hit single “Have It All” and “Look For The Good” (2020).
Whether performing, writing, or mentoring, Mai brings a combination of strength and vulnerability to her work. Her songs often speak of the pursuit of finding the light inside the dark –a theme that was magnified in her own life when she became a breast cancer survivor. Mai’s mom died in March of 2020 and she tells us how this has impacted her and sings a song dedicated to everyone who is experiencing the death of someone close.