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Dancing in the Sky


For the last five years, we’ve hosted a remembrance service in November for families who have lost loved ones. This year, as we watched the balloons float away during our balloon launch, a young lady, who had just lost her brother, asked if she could share a song with the group. We said yes, and she proceeded pulled out her iPhone and play a song that was special to her. As the song progressed, her family clung to each other, everyone huddled close, and people started hugging and weeping together. There wasn’t a dry in the group. At that moment, I was reminded how powerful music can be.

The song the young lady played for us was “Dancing in the Sky” by Dani and Lizzy. I have never heard that song before, but now, I will always remember the first time I heard it. There are other songs that are meaningful to bereaved people, and I would like to share the first 50 on my list.

  1. A Mother’s Prayer – Celine Dion
  2. A New Day Has Come -Celine Dion
  3. Always On Your Side -Sheryl Crow & Sting
  4. Angel -Beverly Mitchell
  5. Angel -Sarah McLachlan
  6. Angels Among Us -Alabama
  7. Angels in Waiting -Tammy Cochran
  8. Annie’s Song -John Denver
  9. Are You Alright? -Lucinda Wil-liams
  10. As I Lay Me Down -Sophie Hawkins
  11. Awake – Josh Groban
  12. Baby Mine -Alison Krauss
  13. Baby Mine -Bette Midler
  14. Blessed -Elton John
  15. Borrowed Angels -Kristin Chenoweth
  16. Broken Hearted Me -Anne Murray
  17. Broken -Lifehouse
  18. Butterfly -Mariah Carey
  19. By Heart -Jim Brickman
  20. Can’t Cry Hard Enough -Williams Brothers (or Bellefire)
  21. Cinderella -Steven Curtis Chapman
  22. Circus -Eric Clapton
  23. Dancing in the Sky -Dani and Lizzy
  24. Do What you Have to Do -Sarah McLachlan
  25. Do You Dream of Me? – Michael W. Smith
  26. Down The Road of Bittersweet -Karl Kohlhase
  27. Dreaming with a Broken Heart -John Mayer
  28. Even Darkness is Light to Him -Michael Card
  29. Everything I Own -Bread
  30. Fly -Celine Dion
  31. For Always -Josh Groban
  32. From Where You Are -Lifehouse
  33. Glory Baby -Watermark
  34. God and Time -Newsong
  35. God Bless the Broken Road -Rascal Flats
  36. God Only Cries for the Living -Diamond Rio
  37. Gone too Soon -Michael Jackson
  38. He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother -Al Green (Various Artists)
  39. He’s My Son -Mark Schultz (or Mel Kennedy)
  40. Healing Rain -Michael W. Smith
  41. Heaven’s Gift -Lora Knight
  42. Held -Natalie Grant
  43. Hello-Goodbye -Michael W. Smith
  44. Here Without You -3 Doors Down
  45. Hold Him in Heaven -Barbara Fairchild
  46. Home Where I Belong – BJ Thomas
  47. Homesick -Mercy Me
  48. How Do I Live Without You -Leann Rimes
  49. I Believe -Diamond Rio
  50. I Can Only Imagine -Mercy Me

Next month, I’ll share some more songs and mention something about one of my favorite musicians, Eric Clapton, which you may not know.

Do you have a favorite song that reminds you of your son or daughter? If so, I’d love to know the name of it and why it’s special to you.

One Response to “Dancing in the Sky”

  1. Taryn says:

    Hi there,
    My husband and I lost our first-born child, Paige Elizabeth, on January 9, 2011. She was stillborn at 40+ weeks due to what we are told was a cord accident. Each year we participate in the Angels Walk for Wishes in honor of her. This past year, they played the most beautiful song and it was so perfect for our situation that I wanted to share it with other grieving parents. The song is called “Beam Me Up” by Pink. The words touched my heart and I listen to the song often when I am missing my daughter.
    Thank you,
    Taryn Wojtysiak

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