Listening to Music to Cope with Child Loss

Listening to Music to Cope with Child Loss

Music speaks to the soul in ways nothing else can.


Listening to music in the months following the death of our son was a valuable part of the healing journey. We primarily listened to worship songs that not only had beautiful melodies, but also spoke encouraging truths to our hearts and minds.


Hearing these truths was important in preventing negative thoughts and lies about God and life from taking hold of us. Also, hearing these words in the form of beautiful music made the messages more palatable to receive.


Below are some of the lyrics and truths that planted seeds along the healing journey.


Song: Hills and Valleys

  • Lyrics: “You’re God of the hills and valleys…And I am not alone…Father, You give and take away, every joy and every pain. Through it all, You will remain over it all."
  • Truth: God doesn’t promise that life will be easy, but He does promise to be with us throughout life’s ups and downs. (See Deuteronomy 31:6,8; Matthew 28:20).


Song: Goodness of God

  • Lyrics: “All my life You have been faithful. All my life You have been so, so good. With every breath that I am able, I will sing of the goodness of God.”
  • Truth: God’s goodness remains constant even when our circumstances and feelings change. (See 1 Chronicles 16:34; Malachi 3:6).


Song: Whole Heart (Hold Me Now)

  • Lyrics: “Once I was broken, but You loved my whole heart through…Death has no hold on me, ‘cause Your grace holds that ground.”
  • Truth: God can heal all the broken pieces of our lives. (See Psalm 147:3).


Comment below: what are some songs that have helped you cope with the death of a child or navigate another challenging situation? 

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