Category Archives: Grief Songs

So Long Marianne

So Long Marianne Leonard Cohen penned a poignant final letter to his dying muse Marianne Ihlen, a longtime friend of hers revealed on Canadian radio. Ihlen, whom Cohen wrote about in So Long, Marianne and Bird on a Wire, died in Norway on 29 July 2016, aged 81. Cohen passed a almost three months later. Cohen met her

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You’re Not There: Inspirational Quote 12.22.16

On the heartbreaking new Lukas Graham single “You’re Not There,” frontman Lukas Forchhammer sings about his father’s death and the events he won’t get to share with him. “You’re not there to celebrate the man that you made / You’re not there to share in my success and mistakes / Is it fair you’ll never know

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Inspirational Quote 3.26.15 Mourning a Hero

One more song. We’ve posted a series of inspirational songs about grief including death of a loved one, a child, grieving from the perspective of a dying man, the thoughts of a friend of the grieving. You can find them all at this link: http://blog.aftertalk.com/author/larry-lynn/ This week’s song is about mourning a hero written and

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Inspirational Quote 3.5.12 Keep Me in Your Heart

[EDITOR: Last week’s musical inspirational quote attracted a lot of praise, so here’s a particularly poignant one for two reasons. First, it is a message from the deceased to loved ones. Second, since most of us experiencing loss are well along in life and frequently contemplate our own mortality, Warren Zevon has much to say

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Inspirational Quote 2.26.15 Song of Grieving and Loss

I recently found myself humming this iconic song. Written in 1938 for Broadway, it became an anthem of separation during World War II. In thinking over the lyrics I realized that it could be a song of grieving and loss. For far too many who didn’t come back from “over there,” it was, unfortunately, a song

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