Music is one of the most powerful tools for expressing the complexity of all emotions.
Music can reach into places within us where words cannot.
Often times, it is in the music where our emotions can be met, released and healed.
Death most often creates the peak of extremely powerful emotions within us.
Our emotions are not only intensely deep but often very paradoxical.
We can be feeling completely opposite emotions at the same time.
When we are mourning the death of a loved one we
need constructive ways to release these emotions
in order to heal our grief.
This period of bereavement after the loss is an ideal time to use music
effectively to help us heal our grief. Music can play a vital role
during this peak grieving time to help us express the deepest places within ourselves.
In order to fully heal grief, we must meet, release and heal our emotions.
Here are some simple techniques to use music to help you find expression
for all your emotions and also create a respite from them.
Ways to Heal Grief with Music
~ Listen to Music to Remember and Feel ~
Sit in a private space. Play the music that stirs your emotions.
Allow yourself to feel all emotions fully without judgment or guilt.
~ Listen to Music and Journal ~
Sit in a private space. Play the music that will help you feel your emotions and write about your feelings. Let it flow from you naturally and uncensored. If you want to take these writings and create a more refined form such as poetry, you can always edit later. The primary purpose of free-form writing is to release the intensity of your emotions from your body. You may choose to take these writings and destroy them since they have served the purpose of release.
~ Listen to Music and Write a Letter ~
Sit in a private space. Play the music that will help you feel your emotions and write a letter to express how you are feeling and what’s happening in your world.
~ Listen to Music to Connect to Your Loved One ~
Sit in a private space. Play the music that will help you feel connected to your loved one and have a “conversation” with them. “Talk” to them through your imagination or mind or just talk to them out loud. You may talk to them through your writings. Once you have finished talking, be quiet and listen.
~ Listen to Music at the Gravesite, Seashore or Place of Remembering ~
Go to the gravesite, seashore, place of remembering or any inspiring location of your choice. Bring a blanket or chair and plan to stay for a while. Play the music that will help you feel connected to your loved one. Allow yourself to feel all of your emotions. You might have a “conversation” with them... maybe talk to them through your imagination/mind or even talk to them out loud. Talk to them through your writings. Once you have finished talking, be quiet and listen.
~ Listen to Music for Meditation or for Respite to Heal Your Body ~
Sit in a private space and close your eyes. Play the music that will help you imagine a nurturing, quiet place that calms your emotions and nervous system. Allow the music to soothe your mind and heart and give yourself a respite from your intense and active grief reactions.
~ Listen to Music for Spiritual Connection ~
Sit in a private space and close your eyes. Play the music that will help you move into a quiet meditation to help you connect to your own personal Spiritual tradition. You might ask for help from your Spiritual guides in healing your grief.
~ Listen to Music for Gratitude and Celebration ~
Play the music that will help you create a healthy connection and remembrance of your loved one.
Reflect on your memories about them and the ways you know them now.
Celebrate and honor their presence in your life.
Thank them for everything they are to you.
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