The Healing Power of Music

August 1, 2017

I can still remember sitting in my hospital bed shortly after holding our first born son for the first and last time all at once.  My mind was spinning in about a hundred different directions.  I had a million questions.  But I kept coming back to this song.  I kept searching my phone.  I knew I had it somewhere.  I kept saying the words under my breath.  I needed to hear it.

I needed to breathe in its words and know that I was going to be okay.

This is what it means to be held
How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive
This is what it is to be loved and to know
That the promise was that when everything fell
We’d be held
If hope if born of suffering
If this is only the beginning
Can we not wait, for one hour

  – Natalie Grant, Held

There has always been something about music.

There is a comfort there.  The melody, the lyrics, the familiar rhythm.  I desperately searched YouTube trying to find that one song that I thought would calm my mind and my soul for just a moment.  No one in the room with me could understand my need to hear music at the moment, but I did.  I needed it as much as I needed anything else right then.  I just needed to hear a familiar song,  I needed to hear the words, I needed to sing along through tears and with a broken voice, but I needed it.

Music became a very important part of my healing process.

Over the next several months and years I found many songs that I have played on repeat.  I play them on the days when the missing gets too hard.  I play them on the days that I feel alone.  I play them when I just need to feel close to him again.

Songs about loss and songs of hope became a very important part of my journey.

I discovered that there were so many songs that had been written about loss.  Christian music singer, Steven Curtis Chapman, had even written an entire album, Beauty Will Rise, after the loss of his young daughter.  But I needed to hear more than just songs about loss.  I needed songs that gave me hope.  I created a playlist.  I still listen to it frequently.  I add to it when I hear a song that reminds me of my son. It’s part of my own self-created therapy. My list includes several faith-based songs, as well as many that aren’t. There are songs that speak directly of losing a child, songs that speak of loss in general, and then are just songs that bring hope and help encourage my heart on those days when I need it the most.

Screenshot of YouTube Playlist

My Playlist

  • Beauty Will Rise – Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Beauty From Pain – Superchick
  • Need You Now (How Many Times) – Plumb
  • Not for a Moment (After All) – Meredith Andrews
  • Held – Natalie Grant
  • Questions – Steven Curtis Chapman
  • God is it True – Steven Curtis Chapman
  • I will Trust You – Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Spring is Coming – Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Jesus will Meet You There – Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Bring the Rain – MercyMe
  • Dancing with the Angels – Monk & Neagle
  • Glory Baby – Watermark
  • God Will Take Care of You – Plumb
  • Hope Now – Addison Road
  • Blessings – Laura Story
  • Hello, Goodbye – Michael W Smith
  • Your Hands – JJ Heller
  • I Will Carry You – Selah
  • All this Time – Britt Nicole
  • Who You’d Be Today – Kenny Chesney
  • Unreemed – Selah
  • I Miss You – Inhabited
  • Gone Too Soon – Daughtry
  • Smallest Wingless – Craig Cardiff
  • Praise You in this Storm – Casting Crowns
  • Jealous of the Angels – Jenn Bostic
  • Small Bump – Ed Sheeran
  • My Name – George Canyon
  • Godspeed (Sweet Dreams) – Dixie Chicks
  • There You’ll Be – Faith Hill
  • With Hope – Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Sandcastles – Zach Sobiech and Sammy Brown
  • Broken – Lindsey Haun
  • You Carried Me – Building 429
  • Over You – Miranda Lambert
  • Carry On – Fun
  • Strong Enough – Matthew West
  • Resurrection – Nicole Sponberg
  • Gravity – Sara Bareilles
  • Afterglow – INXS
  • Sweet Dreams Our Angel – Johnny Black
  • See You Again – Carrie Underwood
  • Broken – Lifehouse
  • Much Afraid – Jars of Clay
  • Still – Gerrit Hofsink
  • Though You Slay Me – Shane and Shane (featuring John Piper)
  • Never Once – Matt Redman
  • Fix You – Coldplay
  • You Never Let Go – Matt Redman
  • Precious Child – Karen Taylor-Good
  • Stars – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
  • Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
  • Brighter than Sunshine – Aqualung
  • One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men
  • Hear You Me – Jimmy Eat World
  • Homesick – MercyMe
  • Olivianna – JJ Heller
  • Fly – Celine Dion
  • Hourglass – Mindy Gledhill
  • Hug Him Once For Me – Erica McClure
  • Who You Are – JJ Heller
  • Thy Will – Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
  • Beam Me Up – Pink
  • Heartbeat – Beyonce

What songs are on your healing playlist?

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    Victoria Denney

    Victoria is a wife and mom of two amazing children - Joshua in Heaven and Madeline, their rainbow that they get the joy of watching grow-up here on earth. Victoria blogs about raising a rainbow, anxiety, and life at www.lifewithmadeline.com.

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