There is no question that music plays a large part in our lives. From hearing the beat of our mother's heart within the womb, hammering on a toy drum as we explore childhood to listening to songs that remind us of our youth and days gone by. Music is our soundtrack to our lives. We all have our own Mixtape.
Music accompanies us as we journey through life, the good and the bad times. It is our constant companion.
So how can music help support us during grief and loss? The world of science has done many studies into how music effects us and about the chemicals that are released within our bodies that simply put, makes us feel good. We all have a list of songs that we go to to remember good times and lift our spirits. We also have those songs that support us in more difficult times, that express how we are feeling deep within ourselves when we have difficulty finding the words to describe it. I feel that sad songs play just as an important role as the happy, lighter tunes. They allow us to feel the pain fully. To get to know that emotion and feel it fully within ourselves and to express it.
Many times over the years I have also turned to songs that my late husband Tom used to love. This for me is the soundtrack to his remembrance. A way in which I can tap back into the soundtrack of his life and the times we spent together. Despite our differences in musical taste there were common songs that we both enjoyed and when I hear them on the radio at surprising times, I remember him with my whole being. I feel it deep within my soul and feel comforted. Of course there are times when I hear or play songs that remind me of my loss and I revisit the not so pleasant emotions of grief. But that's ok. I allow it through and choose to embrace those emotions as they are part of who I am now as I walk my path on this journey. This applies to other loved ones that I have lost and this is what makes up the beautiful sheet of music that becomes part of our life mixtape.
What I'd love to know is. What's on your Mixtape? Or possibly with the digital age... Playlist.
What are the songs or pieces of music that lift you up? That bring back those good memories of times shared. That remind you of your loss. Bring you comfort on your darker days.
A wonderful thing to do, would be to create a playlist. Bring together those tracks that you can put on when you feel you need to remember or want comfort and support from those times you shared together. Feel them again in your soul and allow your body to tell you that this music is there to help support and heal you on this journey.
Below is a video I recently watched and Robin Spielberg expresses so beautifully the healing power of music from her own experiences. I recommend you have a tissue handy as it is deeply touching to the heart in the most magical way. I hope that you enjoy her sharing.
I'd love to hear about your playlists, so please share in the comments your experiences in the comments, by email or in my Facebook Group ~ Nature of Grief ~ Bereavement Soul Support
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