Top Ten Songs about Struggling to Deal With Loss of Loved One

Losing someone either through death or geography can be difficult to accept. This list is some of the best songs that deal with that struggle. Most of the songs are powerful ballads that can really touch you especially when you are coping with the same emotions.




“Alone in this Bed” by Framing Hanley

This song is all about the difficulties faced when a loved one is gone. How the mind can play tricks on you (“Sometimes I think I can feel you breathing on my neck”) and dealing with the lost dreams (“What about the plans that we had”). This song works for both a loss due to geography or after a death.

Tonight I’m reaching out to the stars
I think that he owes me a favor
It doesn’t matter where you are
I’ll hold you again

“Can’t Cry Hard Enough” by The Williams Brothers

The haunting melody of this song lies somewhere between a hymn and a slow song. The title is about how no matter what the person does, they can’t reach the person who has gone. While the lyrics suggest the person accepts the death, it seems they are still struggling with it.

Can I look back in vain
And see you standing there
With all that remains
Its just an empty chair
And now that you’re gone
I can’t cry hard enough
No I can’t cry hard enough
For you to hear me now

“For the Good Times” by Kris Kristofferson

“For the Good Times” belies its title and sounds more about mourning over the loss of the past than celebrating them.

Don’t look so sad, I know its over;
But life goes on and this old world will keep on turning.
Lets just be glad we had some time to spend together
There’s no need to watch the bridges that were burning.

“Gone Away” by The Offspring

This Offspring song is about lead singer Dexter Holland’s girlfriend dying in a car accident and his emotional response to it. It’s a bit more angry and harder than other songs listed here.

And it feels, and it feels like
Heaven’s so far away
And it feels, yeah it feels like
The world has grown cold
Now that you’ve gone away

“History of Us” by Indigo Girls

In the “History of us” the narrator is traveling around the world trying to make peace with the loss of a loved one. Eventually, she comes to realize that she has no choice to accept each moment as pain is part of love.

So we must love while these moments are still called today
Take part in the pain of this passion play
Stretching our youth as we must, until we are ashes to dust
Until time makes history of us

“I Will Remember You ” by Sarah McLachlan

What song by Sarah McLachlan isn’t soulful and moving? “I Will Remember You” is a great song about loss and moving on. The lyrics speak about how the life of the singer has been changed by the person who has gone and how she will never forget. The fourth verse illustrates the struggle the person is having letting go: “I’m so afraid to love you, but more afraid to lose/ Clinging to a past that doesn’t let me choose.”

I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don’t let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories

“November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses

Amazingly, this song almost didn’t get made. Other members of the band, such as the guitarist Slash, didn’t like it. Eventually Axl Rose convinced him to do the song by give him two lengthy guitar solos. The video is amazing and cost quite a bit to make, which is why I’ve posted it here for you to see.

And when your fears subside and shadows still remain, oh yeah
I know that you can love me when there’s no one left to blame
So never mind the darkness we still can find a way
Nothin’ lasts forever even cold November rain

“She’s All I Ever Had” by Ricky Martin

I’m not sure what i can say about this song that hasn’t been said about most of the other songs listed here. It’s a very moving song by Ricky Martin.

Here I am. Broken wings, quiet thoughts, unspoken dreams.
Here I am. Alone again and I need her now to hold my hand.

She’s all, she’s all I ever had.
She’s the air I breathe.
She’s all, she’s all I ever had

“The One You Love” by Terri Clark

This song used to be titled “You Can’t Help The One You Love” but for some reason it got changed. It is a moving song with two verses. The first one deals with an alcoholic. The second one I’ve listed below.

Her sister reads the bible, her father sits an’ snores.
They’re with her every minute, ’cause they may not have many more.
She was dancin’ in New Orleans, only seven weeks ago.
Life may go on without her, but not the life we know.

You wanna scream, you wanna cry.
You want someone to tell you why,
All the hope that’s in your heart is not enough.
You hit your knees, you shake your fists,
Oh, it’s the deepest wound there is,
When you can’t help the one you love.

“To Where You Are” by Josh Groban

What can one say about Josh Groban? His powerful ballads are enough to move anyone. It feels almost like he’s shouting into your very soul.

Fly me up to where you are
Beyond the distant star
I wish upon tonight
To see you smile
If only for awhile to know you’re there
A breath away’s not far
To where you are

“With Hope” by Steven Curtis Chapman

The last song on the list and as good as the first one. Like most of the others, this is a powerful ballad that says it all in its meaningful lyrics.

This is not at all how
We thought it was supposed to be
We had so many plans for you
We had so many dreams
And now you’ve gone away
And left us with the memories of your smile
And nothing we can say
And nothing we can do
Can take away the pain
The pain of losing you




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