How Music Helps us Process Grief

By: Matthew Funeral Home
Monday, August 7, 2023

Music can play a big role in the way we work through our grief. Music has a way of connecting us to our past emotions and memories. Overall, songs can help us work through feelings and give us a space to express our feelings. 

Music as a Safe Space

Songs can provide us with a space to release emotions and process our feelings. An emotional song can give you a place to process emotion. Whether you are singing along or crying it out, a song can let you express your feelings in bite-size pieces. Belting out your emotions during a 3-minute song can be a lot more cathartic than keeping them bottled up.

Music and Directing Emotions

Different songs can bring up a variety of emotions. Listening to songs about loss and grief can make us feel sad, but they can also help us process our feelings. Likewise, happy songs can help get us in a better mood, and lift our spirits. Using music to direct our emotions and help us get through the day can be a good way to work through our feelings in a healthy manner. Consider making playlists for different emotions, and listening to them to help direct your emotions.

Music that Moves Us

For many people, music can affect us in different ways. Music can motivate us at the gym. And it can get us dancing, singing, or shedding a tear. When music gets us moving, whether emotionally or physically, it can help us keep going.

Music and Connecting With Your Loved One

Music is a big part of our identity. Consider listening to some of your loved one’s favorite songs. Listening to their favorite songs can help you connect with them in a different way. Check out their favorite albums or playlists.

Music That Calms Us

Music that calms you can be important when it comes to grief. Grief can be nerve-wracking, so finding your peace and comfort in music can be healing. Consider making a playlist of music that you find peaceful and calming. 

The author of this post is not a professional therapist or counselor. For assistance in finding a grief counselor that is right for you, there are a number of resources out there. For our Grief Resource Center, written by Dr. Bill Webster, click here

For over 50 years, Matthew Funeral Home has been serving the Staten Island community. We can help with almost every aspect of your loved one’s memorial service. Our family is here to serve yours, every step of the way.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Oversized Caskets FAQ

Caskets are generally designed to fit a wide assortment of body types. However, some people may require an oversized casket. An oversized casket is used if an individual’s height, weight, or width ...

Flying With Cremated Remains

Traveling with cremated remains, or cremains can have its challenges. Whether you are moving to a new state or country or bringing your loved one home with you, it is important to understand the pr...

Processing Grief Through Reading for Children

Grief can be hard at any age, but for children and young teens, expressing and processing grief can be especially challenging. It is a very complex emotion, and some children may not be able to ful...

Searching for the Right Grief Counselor

The passing of a loved one can be incredibly painful. The grief of loss often seems unbearable. After the death of someone close, some extra guidance can be helpful. Grief counselors assist those w...

Valentine's Day Without Your Significant Other

Holidays can often be a trigger for grief after the loss of a spouse or long-term partner. Memories of holidays together can pop up from store displays, themed commercials, and more. With Valentine...

Celebrating the Passing of a Long Life

After a long life lived, losing an elderly loved one can be devastating. Your whole life, they have been there for you, and now they are gone. But after a long life lived, it is also an opportunity...

Metal or Wood Caskets

Choosing a casket is an important part of the funeral process. Many families choose the casket after their loved one has passed, but some people choose their casket ahead of time. This article will...

Common Misconceptions About Therapy

Many people have misconceptions about therapy. There is often a lot of fear and stigma around therapy. However, it is one of the best things you can do for your mental health. Your emotional and me...

New Years Resolutions for Older Individuals

With the new year comes a new time to set goals and resolutions. For many, resolutions can be hard to keep and are often passed up by February or March. Planning out realistic goals is an important...

Bank Accounts and The Death of a Loved One

When a death occurs in the family, there can be a lot of different things to juggle, including money. Bills, your mortgage, and all sorts of other important paperwork can be thrown into chaos other...