Music and movies contributed tremendously to my healing. I have listed my favorite ones here. I hope you will be encouraged to seek them out and listen to the songs or watch the movies. For me, they were heart healing.


A Picture of Me Without You ~ Lorrie Morgan

Amazing Grace ~ Elvis Presley

Angel ~ Sarah McLachlan
Angel was written and recorded by Sarah McLachlan and was released in 1997 on her album Surfacing.  It is reported the song was written in memory of Johnathon Melvoin, the touring keyboard player for the Smashing Pumpkins after he overdosed on heroin in 1996.

Angels Among Us ~ Alabama

Because of You ~ Kelly Clarkson & Reba McEntire
Because of You was written by Kelly Clarkson when she was 16 years old to help her deal with the emotional distress of her parents’ divorce. Clarkson recorded this song in 2004 for her album Breakaway. She re-recorded the song in 2007 with Reba McEntire for Reba’s album, Reba: Duets.

Believe ~ Brooks & Dunn

Bless The Broken Road ~ Rascal Flatts

Butterfly Kisses ~ Collin Ray

Calling All Angels ~ Jane Siberry & K.D. Lang
Calling All Angels – written by Jane Siberry and recorded as a duet with K.D. Lang on Siberry’s album When I Was a Boy. This song was later re-recorded for the soundtrack of the movie Pay It Forward.

Candle in the Wind ~ Elton John
Candle in the Wind (Princess Diana Tribute) – originally written in 1973 by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Elton John rewrote the lyrics in 1997 following Princess Diana’s Death and performed it at her funeral.

Can You Hear Me When I Talk to You? ~ Ashley Gearing
Can You Hear Me When I Talk to You? was recorded by Ashley Gearing for her chart debut in 203. When Gearing released this single she was 12 years old making her the youngest solo artist to enter the country charts, a record previously held for 46 years by Brenda Lee.

Dance With My Father ~ Luther Vandross
Dance With My Father – written by Luther Vandross & Richard Marx in 2003 after Luther Vandross suffered a debilitating stroke. It was written in memory of his father who died when Vandross was young. His beautiful memory of his father dancing in the house with his mom sparked the song. Vandross died July 2, 2005, as a result of the stroke.

Dancing in the Sky ~ Dani & Lizzi

Daniel ~ Elton John

Don’t Take the Girl ~ Tim McGraw

Fly ~ Celine Dion

Go Rest High On That Mountain ~ Vince Gill

Goodbye ~ Celine Dion
Goodbye (The Saddest Word) – written by Robert John “Mutt” Lange was recorded and released on Céline Dion’s album, a New Day Has Come in 2002. Dion had heard the song three years prior but turned it down. After recording it she said, “Now, being a mother, I found the strength to sing it, but it was hard.

Hallelujah ~ Leonard Cohen

He Was My Brother ~ Simon & Garfunkel

He’s My Son ~ Mark Schultz

Home ~ Michael Buble

Honey ~ Bobby Goldsboro

How Can I Help You to Say Goodbye ~ Patty Loveless

How Great Thou Art ~ Susan Boyle

I Can’t Stop Loving You ~ Martina McBride

I Hope You Dance ~Lee Ann Womack

I Know You By Heart ~ Eva Cassidy
I Know You by Heart – Eva Cassidy. This song was released on the album Songbird, two years after Eva Cassidy’s death. Cassidy had a malignant mole removed from her back in 1993. In the summer of 1996, she learned the melanoma had spread to her lungs and bones. She died November 2, 1996, at the age of 33.

I Will Always Love You ~ Dolly Parton

I Won’t Let Go ~ Rascal Flatts

I Know You By Heart ~ Eva Cassidy

I’ll Stand by You ~ Carrie Underwood

If I Had Only Known ~ Reba McEntire
If I Had Only Known – written by Jana Standfield and Craig Morris. This song was recorded and released in 1991 on Reba McEntire’s album For My Broken Heart, in memory of her touring band members who were killed in an airplane crash. In the album notes Reba stated, “A form of healing for all our broken hearts.”

If Tomorrow Never Comes ~ Garth Brooks

If Your’ Reading This ~ Tim McGraw

Just Once More ~ The Nelson Brothers

Knocking On Heaven’s Door ~ Bob Dylan

Last Game of the Season ~ David Geddes

Let It Be ~ The Beatles

Light a Candle ~ Paul Alexander

Live Like You Were Dying ~ Tim McGraw

Love Can Build a Bridge ~ The Judds
Love Can Build a Bridge – written by Naomi Judd, Paul Overstreet, and John Barlow Jarvis; recorded by Naomi and her daughter Wynonna Judd and released in 1991. This song later became a covered charity single in support of the Children of Rwanda.

My Heart Will Go On ~ Céline Dion

Not Too Far From Here ~ Michael Crawford

On Eagle’s Wings ~ Michael Crawford

One More Day ~ Diamond Rio

River of Time ~ The Judds

Say Something ~ A Great Big World

Season in the Sky ~ Terry Jacks

Somewhere Over the Rainbow ~ Katharine McPhee

Tears In Heaven ~ Eric Clapton
Tears In Heaven was written after the death of Eric’s 4-year old son, Conner.

Tell Me Margaret (Who Am I Gonna Call on Sunday) ~ Johnny Reid

Thank You ~ Johnny Reid

The Dance ~ Garth Brooks

The Living Years ~ Mike & The Mechanics

The Lord’s Prayer ~ II Divo

The Old Man ~ Phil Coulter

The Three Bells ~ The Browns

The Prayer ~ Charlotte Church & Josh Groban

There Goes My Life ~ Kenny Chesney

There You’ll Be ~ Faith Hill

These Broken Hearts ~ Reba McEntire & Vince Gill

‘Til I Can Make It On My Own ~ Billy Gilman
‘Til I can Make It On My Own – co-written by Tammy Wynette, George Richey, and Billy Sherrill. This song repeatedly was Tammy Wynette’s personal favorite and was released in 1976 on her album with the same name. This song has also been recorded by Kenny Rogers & Dottie West, Martina McBride, and Billy Gilman.

Till We Meet Again ~ Johnny Reid

Unchained Melody ~ Elvis Presley

Vincent ~ Don MacClean

What a Wonderful World ~ Louis Armstrong & Kenny G

When I Cry ~ Jann Arden

When I Get Where I’m Going ~ Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton

Where You Are ~ Josh Groban

Who You’d Be Today ~ Kenny Chesney

Why ~ Rascal Flatts

Will You Remember Me ~ Sarah McLachlan

Wind Beneath My Wings ~ Bette Midler

Working Man ~ Rita MacNeil
Working Man – written and recorded by Riita Mac|neil on her 1988 album, Reason to Believe. In 1990, the song hit No. 11 in the U.K. MacNeil lived in Big Pond, Nova Scotia. She died April 16, 2013.

You Raise Me Up ~ Josh Groban

You’ll Be In My Heart ~ Phil Collins

You’re Still You ~ Josh Groban

You’re Still Here ~ Faith Hill


Corrina, Corrina
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Field of Dreams
Goodwill Hunting
Kramer vs. Kramer
Life As A House
Life is Beautiful
Lorenzo’s Oil
Message in a Bottle
My Life
My Sister’s Keeper
Mystic River
On Golden Pond
One True Thing
Ordinary People
Patch Adams
Rabbit Hole
Saving Mr. Banks
Seven Pounds
Steel Magnolias
Terms of Endearment
The Big Chill
The Bucket List
The Descendants
The Notebook

Children & Youth Films

Charlotte’s Web
Finding Nemo
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
The Land Before Time
The Lion King
We Bought a Zoo

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