10 Songs When You Are Grieving a Suicide

Losing someone you love to suicide is painful beyond words. I previously wrote about my experience here and how LOSS’ support groups helped me here. LOSS stands for Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide. Below, I will list the songs by artist before posting a video for each song. You can also find my ‘Grieving a Suicide’ Playlist on Spotify HERE, which currently has 31 songs.

  1. In My Life – The Beatles; also the Bette Midler version
  2. Yesterday – The Beatles
  3. Fire and Rain – James Taylor
  4. Everybody Hurts – R.E.M.
  5. O-o-h Child – The Five Stairsteps
  6. Always On My Mind – Elvis Presley
  7. Together Again – Janet Jackson
  8. Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  9. Hey Jude – The Beatles
  10. Leave Out All the Rest – Linkin Park

#1 In My Life by The Beatles

Video features a montage of pictures and videos of the British band, The Beatles, against the backdrop of their song, In My Life. Picture in the frame is of Paul McCartney smiling.

#1b In My Life – Bette Midler version from the movie, For the Boys

Picture shows Bette Midler, White woman with curly blonde hair, bright red lipstick, and dangling white earrings. Bette is wearing a black dress and laughing.

#2 Yesterday by The Beatles

Picture features The Beatles wearing some kind of blue jackets and blue berets in a silly pose. Each band member has their arms in different positions.

#3 Fire and Rain by James Taylor

Picture of singer, James Taylor, White male singer from the U.S., in the 1970s. Taylor has dark hair and dark eyes and stares into the camera.

#4 Everybody Hurts by R.E.M.

Music video from the band, R.E.M., for their 1993 single, “Everybody Hurts.” Band is in a car driving somewhere. Band is Caucasian.

#5 O-o-h Child by The Five Stairsteps

The African-American band, Five Stairsteps, plays and sings their song, O-o-h Child, on Soul Train in 1970. Band members consist of four males and one female.

#6 Always on My Mind – Elvis Presley (with the Royal Philharmonic)

YouTube video – face is Elvis Presley with jet black hair and Royal Philharmonic and their instruments on the bottom

#7 Together Again – Janet Jackson

Official music video for 1997 Janet Jackson song, “Together Again.” Janet smiles into the camera with bold red lips, orange hair. Video features Janet and her backup dancers amidst elephants, giraffes, and wildcats in a futuristic African paradise.

#8 Make You Feel My Love by Adele

Video shows White female singer, Adele, singing live at the Royal Albert Hall in London. There are thousands of fans in the audience. Adele has blonde hair, diamond earrings, long black lashes, and pink lips.

#9 Hey Jude by The Beatles

Video plays audio of song, “Hey Jude,” by the Beatles. There is only one image, which is the cover of The Beatles 2015 album. The number one appears in bright yellow against a red square.

#10 Leave Out All the Rest by Linkin Park

Official music video of Linkin Park’s song, “Leave Out All the Rest.” Screen capture is of the late Chester Bennington wearing a grey shirt staring into the distance.

Related to the last song, a few years ago, guest blogger Kristen Schultz wrote this article on how Chester Bennington’s music helped her survive depression, chronic pain, and abuse. TW: child abuse, domestic violence, bullying, self-harm, suicide.

Finally, if you are grieving a loved one’s loss due to suicide, here is the phone number for LOSS, a program that provides free support groups for people who are grieving: 312-655-7283. Also, here is a link to the LOSS website. Note: I do not work for LOSS.


Hi there! I am a patient advocate, writer, and public speaker most well known for my TEDx Talk, “How to Get Stuff Done When You Are Depressed.” As someone who is juggling 5 illnesses: bipolar 2, myasthenia gravis, endometriosis, psoriasis, and asthma, I’m passionate about helping people who navigate life with both chronic physical & emotional pain. If you’re interested in hiring me to speak at your event, check out the CONTACT tab.

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