Still Listening: Just Breathe

October 10, 2015

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Today’s featured Still Listening song is “Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam. I love Eddie Vedder’s rough, melodic voice and the song’s touching lyrics: “Yes I understand, that every life must end …  Hold me ’till I die / meet you on the other side.” The Willie Nelson version–with haunting harmonica–is also worth a listen. Which songs speak to you? Leave your favorite song in the comments, and remember to follow our Spotify account where you can hear more songs, listen to playlists, or add to our ever growing list of community-generated songs for parents experiencing loss.


  • Andy Gillette

    Andy Gillette is the father of Simon Alexander Gillette, who was stillborn in February of 2014. He and his wife Genevieve have grown closer through the experience, and find comfort in thinking of their little guy and helping other parents suffering through loss. They are happy to be involved with the Arlington, VA MIS Share support group: Mis Share


    • molly bolt

      October 10, 2015 at 9:49 am

      I listened to tori amos – “spark” pretty much on repeat after my first loss. Her “album choirgirl hotel” was the only thing I felt said what I was feeling ♡ it made it seem like I wasnt alone. After 2 losses, I know im not 🙁 I also found jetty raes kerosene video to be very helpful. Its hard to watch though. Thank you for yr site and for posting this, pearl jam has some pretty amazing songs and covers!

      1. Andy Gillette

        Andy Gillette

        October 10, 2015 at 12:17 pm

        Thanks for the suggestions, Molly. I hadn’t heard of Jetty Rae before, and her story of releasing that album on the anniversary of her daughters stillbirth is so touching.

    • Leah

      October 11, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      Thumbing My Way, also by Pearl Jam, will always be the song that truly captures the way I feel, especially in those early first days when even the happy things in life left me feeling melancholy.

      1. Andy Gillette

        Andy Gillette

        October 12, 2015 at 9:52 pm

        Thanks for the suggestion, Leah. Just added it to the Spotify list. I know how you feel about the happy things being tinged (or sometimes overwhelmed) with melancholy. It’s hard sometimes to simply enjoy a moment when you know that someone is missing and should be enjoying it with you.

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