->''"How could I ever forget?\\
This was\\
the moment my life was set\\
That day that I lost you\\
It's clear as the day we met\\
How could I ever forget?"''
-->-- ''Theatre/NextToNormal'', "How Could I Ever Forget?"

Someone died (or is otherwise gone), we're very sad, and we're singing about it. Often a TearJerker. A SubTrope of SongsOfSolace.

Compare BreakupSong, DeathSong. See also ReallyDeadMontage.

!!Songs about Death


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* "If Only Tears Could Bring You Back", by Midnight Sons, from ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie''.
-->If only tears could bring you back to me
-->If only love could find a way
-->What I would do, what I would give if you returned to me
-->Some day, somehow, someway
-->If only tears could bring you back to me
* "Prologue" from ''Manga/KotouraSan'' which plays during the DownerBeginning.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' story, ''[[Fanfic/LegacyTotalDrama Legacy]]'', Trent writes a song in tribute to [[spoiler: his late girlfriend and first love]]. In the following years, he sings it at most of his gigs, usually as the closing number.

* Music/CurtisMayfield's "Freddie's Dead" from ''Film/SuperFly''.
* In the film version of ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Return of the King]],'' there is Pippin's song as Faramir's Knights of Minas Tirith charge Osgiliath. In the first film, Elves sing a tearjerking lament for Gandalf. In ''The Two Towers'', Éowyn's song at her cousin's funeral is a heartbreaker, particularly when one deciphers the Anglo-Saxon.
* The song "Remember Me This Way" by Jordan Hill was featured in the movie ''Film/{{Casper}}''.
* "My Heart Will Go On", performed by Music/CelineDion, from the film ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''.
* "DingDongTheWitchIsDead" from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' is an inversion, in that the death is being celebrated instead of mourned.
* In ''Film/ASongIsBorn'', one of the professors remembers his departed wife with the song "Genevieve". The other professors join in and it becomes a bonding song.
** As in the non-musical ''Film/BallOfFire'', which ''Film/ASongIsBorn'' is a remake of.
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'':
** The first 2/3rds of the song "Do You Want To Build a Snowman", while arguably a grief song about an unexplained separation, is fairly fun and upbeat. The last verse, however, is about Anna mourning the death of her parents and desperately trying to reach out to her sister, her only remaining family, one last time.
--> ''Please, I know you're in there./ People are asking where you've been.''
--> ''They say "have courage", and I'm trying to./ I'm right out here for you, just let me in.''
--> ''We only have each other. It's just you and me./ What are we going to do?''
** CutSong "Life's Too Short (reprise)" is a grief song sung by [[spoiler:Elsa when she was chained at the end and Anna while she is freezing to death]].
-->Elsa: ''Sadness swirls within me like the snow/ I've frozen out the only friend I'll ever know.''
-->Elsa: ''There's no way I can win/ But I wish that I had been there for her long ago''
-->Elsa: ''Life's too short...''
-->Anna: ''To be such an oblivious fool/ So reckless that I couldn't see''
-->Anna: ''Life's too short to be so desperate to be loved/ That I only ever thought of me''
-->Anna: ''I wish I saw things clearly/ I guess that I'm just not the sort''
-->Anna: ''Now all I know is life's... too... short.,.''
* "I'll Remember (Theme from ''With Honors'')" was written and performed by Music/{{Madonna}} for the soundtrack to that movie, which ends soon after the death of a major character.
* "Bright Eyes", written by Mike Batt and performed by Art Garfunkel, from ''Literature/WatershipDown''.
* "The Prayer", the pop and classical crossover standard that originated as a BreakawayPopHit from ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'', can be this depending on which context it's used in.
* Music/FaithHill's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwyWmqV_RJc "There You'll Be"]], from ''Film/PearlHarbor''. The SpeedyTechnoRemake featured in the ''Video/DanceDanceRevolution'' series, however, [[TheCoverChangesTheMeaning has much less emotional impact.]]
* In the film ''Film/{{Rhinestone}}'' a singer sings a song about the death of his girlfriend, and is horrified when the audience starts laughing.

* ''Literature/DeathOfAPopIdol'' has Johnny singing one of these [[spoiler: However, although the song ''seems'' a straight version, from his perspective, it's also a subversion, as the person he's singing about is still alive and well.]].
* ''Literature/EgilsSaga'': After dropping his initial plan to starve himself to death, Egil expresses his grief about the death of his son Bodvar in the poem "Sonatorrek" (Loss of Sons).
* Creator/JRRTolkien's Ring trilogy:
** In the novel ''The Two Towers'', Aragorn and Legolas sing an emotional lament for Boromir.
** In the novel ''The Fellowship of the Ring'', the elves of Lothlórien sing a lay for Gandalf, whom they thought was dead.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' featured an AffectionateParody song, "5,000 Candles in the Wind," for the recently deceased pony and Pawnee's greatest celebrity, Li'l Sebastian.
-->'''Leslie Knope''': Andy, I need you to write a memorial song. Something like "[[Music/EltonJohn Candle in]] [[Music/GoodbyeYellowBrickRoad the Wind]]," only 5,000 times better.
* "When The River Meets The Sea" from ''Literature/EmmetOttersJugBandChristmas''.
* Creator/WarrenZevon's song "Keep Me In Your Heart" has been used at least twice as GriefSong. Once in ''Series/{{Californication}}'' and again in ''Series/{{House}}''.

* The entirety of You The Living's "XXXI" album is about the singer coming to terms with his illness and imminent death.
** The first track is called "Grief", then the theme continues to the last tracks, "Sleeper" and "Outro", which detail his suicide by throwing himself in front of a train. "Outro" is just the sound of The Caledonian Sleeper slowing down.
** The trilogy of "XXXI", "Poly" and "Rituals" is about him meeting, falling in love with, and marrying his wife, feeling guilty about becoming sick and dependent on her, and saying goodbye and beckoning her to move on.
** You The Living are still active, with a sick but alive frontman.
* "The Other Side", by Music/RichardMarx is a tribute to his late father.
* The entire "What To Do When You Are Dead" album by Armor For Sleep. The album is a [[ConceptAlbum concept album]] that lyrically explores the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance). The trope is [[InvertedTrope inverted]], due to the story being told from the point of view of a deceased narrator grieving over his separation from a still living loved one.
* Music/XJapan:
** "Tears," which was written in memory of [[Music/YoshikiHayashi Yoshiki]]'s late father and is Yoshiki's coping with his suicide. This song was later dedicated to be to late guitarist [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] as well.
** A GriefSong trilogy of "Without You," "I.V.," and "Jade," which are three songs that compose a dialogue between Yoshiki and hide, and Yoshiki coming to terms with the loss of his beloved friend.
* "Tears in Heaven" by Music/EricClapton was dedicated to his son Conor, and later Princess Diana.
* "Amor Eterno" ("Eternal Love"), composed by Juan Gabriel, and one of Rocío Dúrcal [[SignatureSong signature songs]]. It's about the composer's pain over the death of his mother. Rocío Dúrcal usually cries when singing it. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glvChxd24ZU Have a handkerchief ready]]. The song is sometimes sung in funerals. The lyrics are slightly changed: "El más triste recuerdo de Acapulco" ("the saddest memories from Acapulco") is changed to "el más triste recuerdo de este mundo"("the saddest memories from this world").
* Music/EltonJohn has performed several of these:
** "Candle in the Wind" from ''Music/GoodbyeYellowBrickRoad'' about Creator/MarilynMonroe. A version with revised lyrics, titled "Candle in the Wind 1997", was about Princess Diana.
** "Song For Guy" was inspired by the death of Guy Burchett, a messenger boy for Rocket Records (Elton John's record label) who died after being hit by a car.
** "Empty Garden" was about the death of John Lennon.
* The German song [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ich_hatt%27_einen_Kameraden ''Ich hatt' einen Kameraden'' (I Had a Comrade)]] is traditionally sung at memorial services and military/police/fire brigade funerals in Germany and Austria, causing many ManlyTears.
* "Music/LetItBe" and [[Music/TheWhiteAlbum "Julia"]] by Music/TheBeatles, about Paul and John's mothers respectively.
* "Hate Me" by Music/BlueOctober is a unique take on this, as it is about lead singer Justin Furstenfeld's immense regrets following the death of his mother while he battled addiction and the feeling that he took her for granted while she was alive.
* "I Drive Your Truck" by Music/LeeBrice was written about a soldier's brother coping with his death by driving his truck.
* Gruesomely parodied by Music/TomLehrer in "I Hold Your Hand in Mine", on the album ''Music/SongsByTomLehrer''.
* "Night Shift" by The Commodores and "Missing You" by Diana Ross were both responses to the murder of Music/MarvinGaye.
* "Scarecrow" by Melissa Etheridge, written about the [[Theatre/TheLaramieProject brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998]]. It was [[FridgeHorror named for the fact the man who found him tied to the fence]] thought he was a scarecrow at first.
* "All Those Years Ago" by Music/GeorgeHarrison and "Here Today" by Music/PaulMcCartney are both about the death of John Lennon, as are "Empty Garden" by Music/EltonJohn (mentioned above) and "Kid About It" by Music/ElvisCostello and "Life is Real" by Music/{{Queen}}.
* Stevie Nicks has "The Edge of Seventeen" (also about John Lennon)
* Music/DonMcLean:
** "Music/AmericanPie" from the same-named album; the refrain mentions "the day the music died"; WordOfGod from McLean is that the "February made me shiver/with every paper I'd deliver" line is about the plane crash when Music/BuddyHolly, Music/RitchieValens and Music/TheBigBopper were killed. The entire song is also a eulogy for the musical scene of the '50s and '60s and the cultures surrounding it, and is grieving for more reasons than just Buddy Holly's death. It provides a focal point, though.
** Another Music/DonMcLean song, "Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)", also from ''Music/AmericanPie'', is a song mourning the tragic life of painter Creator/VincentVanGogh.
* "In the Backseat" by Music/ArcadeFire, written about the death of Regine Chassagne's mother in a car crash. The lyrics also serve as a metaphor for growing up and having to take responsibility, for added [[TearJerker Tearjerking]] effect.
* "Goodbye Friend" by Music/BowlingForSoup, about a suicide and the singer's guilt ("maybe I could have changed things").
* "Slipped Away" by Music/AvrilLavigne, which she wrote about her grandfather's death.
* "He Was A Friend Of Mine", a traditional folk song that has been covered by many performers. The version by Music/WillieNelson played during the credits of ''Film/BrokebackMountain''.
* "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro. The singer is grieving the death of his wife.
* Music/{{Disturbed}}:
** The album ''Believe'' was inspired by the death of singer David Draiman's grandfather. "Darkness" in particular was about moving on.
** ''Save Our Last Goodbye'' from their album ''Immortalized'' is dedicated to Bob Sanders, a close friend of the band, who died of pancreatic cancer. It includes a voicemail from him at the beginning, talking about chemo and hoping for good news.
** In addition there's also ''Inside the Fire'' about the singer's girlfriend who committed suicide.
* "All My Love" by Music/LedZeppelin, written in memory of Robert Plant's son Karac (who died of an illness).
* "When The Tigers Broke Free" by Music/PinkFloyd is about the death of Roger Waters' father in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII during the Operation Shingle at Anzio, Italy. Likewise, the main character on ''Music/TheWall'' also lost his father the same way (albeit the song is not actually featured in the album itself, but was later released in the album ''Music/TheFinalCut'').
* "Mother" from ''Music/JohnLennonPlasticOnoBand'' by Music/JohnLennon
* "Gone Too Soon" from ''Music/{{Dangerous}}'' by Music/MichaelJackson was originally about his friend Ryan White, who died of AIDS at age 19. More recently, it has also been attributed to Jackson's own death.
* Music/RedHotChiliPeppers:
** The appropriately named "Tearjerker", about Music/KurtCobain, from the album ''One Hot Minute''.
** Also "Transcending", on the same album, about Creator/RiverPhoenix.
** "Dani California" is about the death of the title character, off of ''Music/StadiumArcadium''.
** "Death of a Martian" is about bassist Flea's dog Martian, and the B-side "Joe" is about Music/TheClash's Joe Strummer.
** "My Lovely Man", off ''Music/BloodSugarSexMagik'', was written in tribute to Chili Peppers' guitarist Hillel Slovak, who died in 1988.
** "Venice Queen", off ''By The Way'', a tribute to Anthony Kiedis's drug rehabilitation counselor Gloria Scott who died from cancer.
** "Brendan's Death Song", off ''I'm With You'', for Brendan Mullen, an old friend of the band's and one of their earliest supporters.
* "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa, as featured on the [[Music/Furious7Soundtrack soundtrack]] to ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Furious 7]]''. This particular track was recorded [[InMemoriam in memory of]] Creator/PaulWalker, and used in [[spoiler:the ending send-off from the aforementioned film.]]
* "Biko" by Music/PeterGabriel, a tribute to anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, killed in police custody.
** Another Gabriel tune, "I Grieve", has been used in many films during a TearJerker moment. The album it came from, ''Music/{{Up}}'', has a number of these, since at the time, Gabriel had just lost his father, and he was still recovering from the trauma of not being able to contact his daughters when they were in New York City during 9/11 (they were okay, though).
* "Matthew 25:21" by Music/TheMountainGoats pays tribute to John Darnielle's late mother-in-law.
* "Blood Brothers" by Music/IronMaiden. Initially the song was not a particularly grievous one on its original release, but during the tour for its album ''Brave New World'' it became a grief song due to bassist Steve Harris losing his father.
* Music/PearlJam: ''Riot Act'' has a few songs mourning the PJ fans who were trampled to death in a Danish festival, most notably "Love Boat Captain" ("lost nine friends we'll never know, two years ago today").
* Music/JimiHendrix, "It's Too Bad", about Hendrix's troubled relationship with his half-brother Leon.
* Music/MyChemicalRomance produced their ConceptAlbum "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge" in honor of Gerard Way's recently deceased grandmother Helena (see the song "Helena"), whom he was close to. A [[GriefSong Grief Album]], really.
* Music/{{REM}}:
** "Let Me In" was recorded live in the studio after the death of [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Kurt Cobain]].
** "Camera" was about the death of an R.E.M. friend from Athens, Georgia who died in a car crash.
* Music/{{Metallica}}:
** "To Live is to Die". Somewhat unusual in that it's almost entirely instrumental except for James Hetfield reciting a short piece of poetry composed by the departed subject of the song, fallen Metallica bassist Cliff Burton.
** "The God That Failed", about the death of James' mother.
** "Until It Sleeps" is about his parents' battle with cancer.
* "Eva" by Orgy, on their science fiction ConceptAlbum slash RockOpera ''Vapor Transmission.'' Notably, the album is about real people, and Eva is one of only two individuals named by real name, and the only one whose role was explained: she was the late mother of one of their producers.
* Music/DreamTheater's "Take Away My Pain" (about John Petrucci's deceased father) and "The Best Of Times" (About Mike Portnoy's deceased one). There's also "Disappear", which is unusual because James [=LaBrie=] wrote it about a hypothetical death scenario, not a personal experience.
* Music/{{ACDC}}: "Hells Bells", towards their deceased ex-singer Bon Scott. In fact, the entirety of ''Music/BackInBlack'' was dedicated to him.
* Almafuerte's "En este viaje" was written about Ricardo Iorio's deceased wife.
* [[Music/{{Helloween}} Michael Kiske]] wrote "Always", in his first album ''Instant Clarity'', about Ingo Schwichtenberg, his deceased ex-comrade of Helloween.
** The song "Afterlife" from Music/GammaRay's album ''Land of the Free'', written by former Helloween lead guitarist Kai Hansen, is also dedicated to Schwichtenberg.
* "Angel's Son" by Music/{{Sevendust}}, dedicated to the lead singer of Snot.
* The Music/GratefulDead's "Bird Song" was written about Music/JanisJoplin after her death, and "Cassidy" is partly about the death of Neal Cassady (its spelling derives from its also being about the ''birth'' of staff member Eileen Law's baby Cassidy). "He's Gone" was originally a trope subversion: a slow dirge about erstwhile manager Lenny Hart, who hadn't died yet; he had merely drained the band's bank accounts and vanished. However, after the death of original keyboardist Ron "Pigpen" [=McKernan=], the song quickly reverted to a straightforward example of this trope in the minds of fans and the band alike.
** There is also a Grief Song ''about'' Jerry Garcia; guitarist Warren Haynes wrote "Patchwork Quilt" in memory of Garcia, and has played the song with The Dead and Phil Lesh & Friends.
* Music/{{Evanescence}}'s ''Hello'', ''Like You'', and ''My Immortal''. The latter was [[InMemoriam dedicated to]] Ben Moody's grandfather, according to the liner notes of ''Fallen''. Also ''The Other Side'', ''My Heart is Broken'', ''Never Go Back'' and ''Even In Death''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_YnKpMunYA Seryoga,]] by Andrej Bukas, is a particularly heartbreaking example where the narrator describes watching his friend die after being shot by a sniper. It's based off of a real event in the singer's life.
* Music/{{Nirvana}}'s "Lithium" from ''Music/InUtero'' also qualifies, as Music/KurtCobain declared it's about a guy who loses his girfriend ("I miss you/I'm not gonna crack") and resorts to religion ("Light my candles\In a daze, 'cause I found God").
* "Hear You Me" by Jimmy Eat World. It was written in memory of two young women, Mykel and Carli, who ran Weezer's fan club and were personal friends of the band. They both died in a car wreck. "Hear you me" was more or less their CatchPhrase.
* "Fred Bear" by Music/TedNugent is an unusual example of this. While the song is in remembrance of his deceased hunting partner, the song is more a celebration of hunting.
* "Friend of a Friend" and "Word Forward" by Music/FooFighters. The former is the ''only'' song by the band confirmed to be about Music/KurtCobain, and the latter is about Dave Grohl's childhood friend.
** "Friend" was written and recorded in 1992 whilst Cobain was still alive, it becomes more poignant in the updated version.
* Music/ToriAmos' "Playboy Mommy", which dealt with her grief over her miscarriages.
* The entirety of Music/NeilYoung's album ''Music/TonightsTheNight'' is about two friends who overdosed. One of them, guitarist Danny Whitten, bought his last shot with the severance pay from when Neil fired him. Neil was... shaken up, to say the least, and [[TearJerker it shows]]. Also, some of ''Sleeps With Angels'' is about [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Kurt Cobain]], who quoted Neil in his suicide note.
** The song ''The Needle and the Damage Done'' is also about Whitten, written while he was still alive (but released after his death) and about how heroin destroyed Whitten as a person.
** More recently, "You Never Call" is about Neil's longtime friend and band member Ben Keith.
* David Crosby's beautiful ballad "Guinnevere" is about his fiancèe Christine Hinton, who died in a freak traffic accident weeks before their wedding. It was written before she died, but sung as a tribute to her afterward. "I Could Swear There Was Somebody Here" is his other song for her.
* In honour of Music/FreddieMercury, the surviving members of Music/{{Queen}} wrote, performed and sang "No One But You" for the ''Greatest Hits III'' album.
** The album ''Music/{{Innuendo}}''. Even though Music/FreddieMercury is alive, it was his last album, made knowing he was dying of AIDS. Several songs refer to his dying, especially the song "The Show Must Go On" where his voice is replaced by a record stuck in the groove.
* "Together Again" by Music/JanetJackson was dedicated to friends of hers who died of AIDS.
* "I'll Be Missing You" by Sean "Diddy" Combs (then Puff Daddy), dedicated to Music/TheNotoriousBIG.
* "Once in a Lifetime" by Wolfsheim, which is about the loss of the singer's wife and unborn child in a hurricane.
* "One Moment More" by Mindy Smith, written after her adoptive mother died.
* Music/WithinTemptation has "Our Farewell" and "Forgiven", the latter one being written after a friend of Sharon's lost his child though the song itself is about mourning someone who committed suicide.
* "The Other Side" by Paul van Dyk & Wayne Jackson, a tribute to the victims of the Indonesian tsunami. It has a {{spiritual sequel}} in the form of "Stormy Skies", which may be a tribute to Hurricane Katrina's victims.
* "Little June" by Groove Coverage, which is about a family member or friend who was murdered.
* Dave Mustaine wrote 'In My Darkest Hour' after hearing the news of the death of Cliff Burton, his former bandmate at Metallica. The song is not actually about Burton, but Mustaine produced it during the grief from the tragedy.
* Music/TheB52s: "Ain't It A Shame". It was not written as a tribute to their guitarist Ricky Wilson, as he played on it. However, it was released the year after his death, and so became a de facto tribute to him. There's also Cindy Wilson's solo song "Ricky" which IS directly about him.
* Alfred Schnittke's Nagasaki oratorio, which is obviously about the bombing of eponymous city. The first movement is even called "Nagasaki, the city of grief".
* Music/SimplePlan: "Untitled (How Could this Happen to Me?)", written from the point of view of someone who is dying at an accident scene caused by a drunk driver. The video for it (produced in partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving) gives the song a DualMeaningChorus, having the song sung from the point of view of the drunk driver.
** "Gone Too Soon" is about an unexpected death.
--> Where'd you go? You left me here, so unexpected
--> In the blink of an eye, I never got to say goodbye
* The Music/{{Genesis}} song "Since I Lost You" is about the death of a child (the members specifically wrote it about Music/EricClapton's son Conor, mentioned above).
** Genesis member Ray Wilson's "Another Day" is about the suicide of a friend.
* "Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely" by the Music/BackstreetBoys, dedicated to Howie D.'s deceased sister, among other lost loved ones.
* "I Will Never Forget" by Kimya Dawson is a surprisingly angry song about suicide, and is much darker than the tunes most people think of when they hear her name.
* Music/{{Scorpions}}' "We'll Burn the Sky" had lyrics by Music/JimiHendrix' ex-girlfriend, and is apparently about him.
* "Back on the Chain Gang" was the first Music/{{Pretenders}} single after the deaths of two band members, and Chrissie Hynde sounded like she was shaking her first at God.
* A particularly bitter UsefulNotes/VietnamWar-era example: "One Last Cold Kiss" by Mountain, about a swan whose mate is killed by hunters.
* The Whitlams:
** "Blow Up The Pokies" is about former band member Andy Lewis' struggle with depression and a gambling addiction before he committed suicide.
** The 'Charlie Trio' of tracks from the 'Eternal Nightcap album' are about the suicide/accidental death of band member Stevie Plunder.
** "The Curse Stops Here" is about Tim Freedman being the 'last one' of the original band members alive, and his determination to survive while the other two had given in to suicidal thoughts.
* "Byron's Song" by Rebekah Ann Curtis is about the titular friend's death from cancer.
* Music/{{Skillet}} has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7sjrjiOYYQ "Lucy"]] from their 2009 album, which [[spoiler: was originally written about an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLnnipeiQhA aborted baby]]]].
* Music/PatoFu's "Canção pra Você Viver Mais" ("song for you to live more"), inspired by a terminal disease of the singer's father.
* Also from Brazil, Barão Vermelho's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lQGbWNEdzE "O Poeta Está Vivo"]] ("the poet is alive"), an homage to the band's former singer who died of AIDS.
* "Jueves", written for the Madrid's subway bombings by the spanish group La Oreja de Van Gogh
* Music/DeltaGoodrem:
** ''A Year Ago Today'', about an aunt who passed.
** "Wish You Were Here" about a friend who passed while she was out of the country.
* Several of the songs off the {{Music/Rush}} album ''Music/VaporTrails'' could be interpreted this way, such as "Ghost Rider" and "The Stars Look Down". Given that the album was written after the death of Peart's daughter and wife and Peart's lengthy recovery from both, it's difficult to not see every song on the album as a grief song in some light.
** "Afterimage" on ''Music/GraceUnderPressure'' is about the death of a mutual friend of the band.
** Also "Nobody's Hero" from ''Music/{{Counterparts}}'', about a gay friend of Neil Peart's who died of AIDS and a girl whose family Peart knew. The latter subject is speculated to be one of Paul Bernardo's victims.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7ry4cx6HfY&ob=av3e "So Far Away"]] by Music/AvengedSevenfold, in honor of their late drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan.
** ''Nightmare'', the album that produced "So Far Away", seems to be an entire album of this. The saddest, and most disturbing, is "Fiction", which was written ''by The Rev'' and seems to be ''about his own death''.
** Years earlier, the band's second album ''Waking the Fallen'' contained "I Won't See You Tonight, Parts I and II", a suicide ballad inspired by former bassist Justin Sane, who survived a suicide attempt but had to drop out because the medications he was prescribed left him psychologically unfit to tour or record.
* "House Carpenter" by Music/{{Hurt}} seems to combine this with ObsessionSong.
--> ''If you're not breathing, why am I''
* Music/GaryNuman wrote "A Prayer for the Unborn" when his wife suffered a miscarriage after finally becoming pregnant via IVF treatment. In his early performances you can hear his voice crack with emotion when he sings it live. No word on whether the sonogram typically projected behind him during this song is the real thing.
* "The Edge of Glory" by Music/LadyGaga was written about her grandfather, who was dying, and an intimate moment she saw him share with her grandmother in the hospital. It's not sad, so much as it's about accepting life will always come to an end, but you need to experience life anyways. When she plays the song in a capella, the song shifts to a ballad, and goes become more of a sad grief song.
* "Nur zu Besuch" (translates as "Just Visiting") by the very popular German band Die Toten Hosen. It's about the vocalist's mother and the lyrics describe a visit to her grave. It's very simple and low key, peppered with little ordinary details and mostly avoids PurpleProse and soppyness, and it's all the more effective for it. ("And your garden... It's really doing well. Although you can tell it's missing you very much. And there's still mail arriving, adressed to you in big letters. Even though everyone knows you've moved away.") Unlike most other grief songs, this one ends on a note of acceptance and with the hope for an end to depression.
* James Blunt:
** "No Bravery", which is a grief song for an entire country / people / the person James Blunt was before going to war.
** "Carry You Home" seems to be this too:
--> ''As strong as you were, tender you'd go / I'm watching you breathing for the last time / A song for your heart, but when it is quiet / I know what it means and I'll carry you home./ I'll carry you home.''
* "My Angel" was written after the death of Kellie Pickler's grandmother.
* Bone Thugs-in-Harmony honored several deceased friends (including Eazy-E) in "Tha Crossroads".
* "Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song)" by Music/TobyKeith is a tribute to Toby's friend Wayman Tisdale, and has been described as being too depressing even for CountryMusic. Heck, it even got too depressing for ''Toby himself''--he couldn't bring himself to sing it at Tisdale's funeral.
* "Baby Doe" by Music/SteveTaylor, which is about fairly well-publicized cases in the eighties of babies being starved to death.
* "Not For Keith" by Peter Hammill is about the death of his former bandmate in Van Der Graaf Generator.
* "Who Knew?" by Music/{{Pink}} is about a friend who died of a drug overdose.
** Her song "Beam Me Up" is about a friend's baby who died.
* "A Gray A.M. You Will Never Get To See" by Glass Casket. The song is about lead singer Adam Cody's sister, who was killed in a car crash and who the album was dedicated to.
* Music/BrantleyGilbert's "Saving Amy," about a girl he knew in high school, is an interesting twist in the grief song. It deals with a woman recovering from the death of her fiancée, who died (presumably in an accident) on the night he proposed. However, it's told from the deceased boyfriend's point of view, begging God that while it's too late to save him, it's that "there's still hope for saving Amy" from living her life grief-stricken. It then goes on to chronicle the woman's slow climb out of depression, and at the end, he thanks God for "saving Amy" when he is reunited with her years later. It's a heartbreakingly powerful song.
* "Youtopia" by Music/ArminVanBuuren featuring [[Music/OwlCity Adam Young]] is another example sung [[PosthumousNarration from the deceased lover's point of view]], [[LyricalDissonance set to an uplifting trance instrumentation]]. The video has the bereaved girlfriend reminiscing of [[HappierTimesMontage their happy times together]] on a camping trip.
* Music/JulianaHatfield wrote "Trying Not To Think About It" about the death of her friend Music/JeffBuckley.
* Music/TaylorSwift's song "Ronan", named for a four-year-old who died of cancer, and using his own mother's words for the lyrics.
* Toni Braxton's "Unbreak My Heart" is by itself a standard BreakupSong, but the video has the boyfriend die in a motorcycle accident.
* Music/PublicImageLtd have "Swan Lake", or "Death Disco" from ''Music/MetalBox'' if you own the single, which is about the death of John Lydon's mother. Due to PIL's [[HellIsThatNoise musical style,]] this is not immediately apparent.
* R.I.P. Millie by Music/{{Noiseworks}} is about a friend who died from cancer.
* {{Music/Aqua}}'s "Turn Back Time" is quite a contrast to most of their other songs, which are generally silly. Although not explicitly stated in the lyrics, the song is implied to be about someone who died while the person regrets not spending enough time with them, not saying how she really feels, and/or getting into a fight with them just before they died.
* The song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObGlgJPCZj4 Omdat ik Je Mis]]" (Because I miss you), about the singer's late parents debuted on the Dutch reality show ''The Best Singer-Songwriter''. It clearly [[TearJerker moved the judges]] and got very positive reviews in the media the next day, to the point where the Website/YouTube video of the audition [[InstantWebHit skyrocketed to over 2,000,000 views]] [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments in the first weeks]] (to compare ... there are about 20,000,000 Dutch speaking people in the world)
* Although no specific person is mentioned in the song, Music/{{Kansas}}' "Dust In the Wind" is definitely about grieving over the fragility of life and how short it can be. An immediate response after hearing this song has to be "oh my God the songwriter's grandmother/childhood friend/puppy just died."
* Music/{{Coldplay}}'s "Fix You", inspired by [[Creator/GwynethPaltrow the singer's then-wife]] mourning her father's death.
* "Someone's Watching Over Me" by Geri Halliwell, which was [[InMemoriam about her father who died]] shortly before she became famous.
* Pride and Fall's "Passionate Pain":
-->It's cold outside, my lips are trembling
-->Your blood in my hands, that once held me warm
-->I wanted to trust, I wanted to lust
-->It's our guilt, our blame
-->The passionate pain we need
-->Now lay your head down to rest
-->I will help to prevent the fall
-->There's a feeling hidden deep inside me
-->And I will manage to lock it in
-->Before it hurts
* {{Music/Savatage}} has "Alone You Breathe" on ''Music/HandfulOfRain'', dedicated to Creator/JonOliva's brother Criss. Criss was a founding member and lead guitarist for Savatage until he was killed by a drunk driver in 1993. The song is dedicated to him but not actually about him or his death.
* "Nefertiti" from Music/{{Fireaxe}}'s ''Music/FoodForTheGods''
--> ''My queen, Nefertiti, please don't leave me now.''
--> ''I pray to Aten to give you life anew.''
--> ''My queen, Nefertiti, you're all I'm living for.''
--> ''Aten, why did you take her from me?''
* "Believe" by Music/TheAllAmericanRejects is about the sudden death of a loved one and hope that they will meet again.
* ''Music/ItCrawledIntoMyHandHonest'' by Music/TheFugs has two:
** "Ramses II Is Dead, My Love"
--> ''Ramses the II is dead my love''
--> ''He's left from Memphis to Heaven''
--> ''Ptah has taken him on his solar barge''
--> ''And walked him to Nat's celestial shores''
--> ''Heaven is waiting for Ramses II''
--> '' He's gone to Ptah's great side.''
** "Burial Waltz"
--> ''Do not surround me with wreathes of flowers''
--> ''Nor place upon my body the signs of a fetish''
--> ''Nor crescent, cross, phallus or sun''
--> ''But bury me in an apple orchard''
--> ''That I might touch your lips again''
* Music/JacquesBrel's "Jojo" was written for his best friend, Georges Pasquier, who had died from cancer. Only half a year after recording the song Brel would die from the same disease. He had announced this on Jojo's funeral: "I'm next."
* Music/PJHarvey's "To Talk To You" is about the death of the singer's grandmother.
* Music/SufjanStevens' album ''Carrie & Lowell'' is practically a Grief ''Album'' (the titular Carrie being the singer's recently deceased mother). "Death With Dignity," "Eugene," and "Fourth of July" are among the more straightforward song examples.
* "Drink a Beer" by Music/LukeBryan is about the death of someone close. While he didn't write the song, it was given to him because he was inspired by the deaths of his brother and sister.
* "Over You" by Music/MirandaLambert, about the death of a boyfriend. It was co-written by Music/BlakeShelton about the death of his brother when he was a teenager.
* {{Trance}} producer RAM made the song "[=RAMelia=] (Tribute to Amelia)" as a tribute to his wife who had unexpectedly passed away at the time. Much like "Youtopia", the instrumentation is a very bright uplifting melody that manages to still bring the tears on.
* Fat Joe's "I'm Gone", written about Guru, famed Music/GangStarr MC who had just passed away at the time.
* Music/GangStarr themselves had a song called "In Memory Of...", dedicated to friends of the group and people they admired who had passed away. HarsherInHindsight? You bet.
* "I'll Just Say Goodnight" by Canadian jazz singer Carol Medina, written by James Collins about a friend who died of AIDS.
* "I Miss You" by Music/MileyCyrus, about her late grandfather, former United States Senator Ron Cyrus.
* "A New Hope" by Broken Iris.
-->Always, always out of just reach from my over frustrated, shameful hands
-->And I never, never expected that I
-->Would ever, no never, take for granted your precious time
-->To your grave I spoke holding a red, red rose
-->Gust of freezing cold air whispers me, that you are gone
-->Spent a lifetime of holding on just to let go
-->I guess I'll spend another lifetime searching for a new hope
* "Valentine's Day" by Music/LinkinPark is about mourning someone that died.
* "Best Friend" by The Rooms is a [[LyricalDissonance cheerful]] song about a man mourning his best friends recent death.
* The [[ConceptAlbum entire]] Music/NeutralMilkHotel album ''Music/InTheAeroplaneOverTheSea'' is about the singer's obsession with Anne Frank and her death.
-->There are lights in the clouds
-->Anna's ghost all around
-->Hear her voice as it's rolling and ringing through me
* "Cold, Cold Earth", the HiddenTrack on Allison Moorer's album ''The Hardest Part'', is about her parents' murder-suicide.
* [[OneLetterTitle "M"]] by Music/{{Kent}} is about Jocke Berg's grandparents when his grandmother was terminally ill.
* "Clouds" by Before You Exit, "Blink of an Eye" by Tori Kelly and "Christina's Song" by MAX were all written for Music/ChristinaGrimmie. The first act listed was touring with her at the time of her assassination.
* "Jealous of the Angels" by Jenn Bostic is a traditional example of this trope. It received a ColbertBump [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff in the United Kingdom]] when it was played on the long-running BBC segment ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Tune Our Tune]]'', and was subsequently released as a single there.
* Shiny Toy Guns' "When They Came For Us" is about families mourning loved ones [[WarIsHell lost to war]]. "But most of all, [[DeathOfAChild the little ones]], and their [[SingerNamedrop shiny toy guns]]".
* Mono Inc.'s "The Tide" is a lament for a comrade who drowned or otherwise died in a war.
* Tom Smith's "A Boy and His Frog" a tribute to Jim Henson in the voice of Kermit. Look at that, you're already crying.
* Music/EdSheeran
** The first half of "Afire Love" is about his grandfather's battle with Alzheimer's, and the second half is about his death and funeral.
** "Small Bump" ends as this, with the reveal that the baby the song was about was miscarried. It's not dedicated to any family in particular, but it still counts in the father's POV.
** "Supermarket Flowers" is about his maternal grandmother's death from the POV of his mother. Specifically, the days following the funeral when it's time to clean up items like the titular flowers and try to get back to normal life.
* To an extent, Alec Benjamin's "I Built a Friend", about his robot friend's [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]] via spilling water on himself. Alec says it's based on a real robot.
* ''Home'' is what happens when Horror musician ''Myuuji'' uses his powers for good; a beatific piano song dedicated to his late father.
* Music/LinkinPark:
** "One More Light" was about a friend of the band's who died of cancer.
** "Looking For an Answer" was about how co-lead singer Mike Shinoda felt during the aftermath of frontman Chester Bennington's suicide.
* Music/{{Ayria}}'s "Underneath the Water" is apparently about a friend or significant other of hers who either was murdered, drowned, overdosed, or all three, and how she regrets being unable to save him/her.
* "Angel" by Music/SarahMcLachlan was dedicated to Music/SmashingPumpkins keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin, who died of a heroin overdose in 1996.
* M:G's "Falling Angel" tells of a loved one who [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth "went back to God"]].
* "So I Could Find My Way" by Music/{{Enya}}. It's actually about her producer's mother, a role model of hers who died during the production of ''Dark Sky Island''. It's actually [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming surprisingly heartwarming for a grief song]], especially when Enya gets subtly misty-eyed in the music video.

[[folder:Religion & Mythology]]
* In Literature/TheBible, King David writes and sings "The Bow", a dirge for [[HeterosexualLifePartners his friend Jonathan]] and Jonathon's father King Saul, who have been killed in battle by the Philistines.

* Many of the songs from ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''.
* "It Don't Make Sense" from ''Theatre/{{Parade}}''.
* "How Could I Ever Forget?" from ''Theatre/NextToNormal''.
* "'Till We Reach That Day" from ''Literature/{{Ragtime}}''
* All of William Finn's ''Elegies'', but particularly "When The Earth Stopped Turning"
** "Anytime (I Am There)" is the show's real TearJerker, but it's sung from the perspective of the bereaving rather than the bereaved.
* "Gone, Gone, Gone," "My Man's Gone Now" and "Clara, Clara" from ''Porgy and Bess''.
* "Candide's Lament" from ''Theatre/{{Candide}}''.
* Parodied in ''Theatre/JosephAndTheAmazingTechnicolorDreamCoat'' with "One More Angel in Heaven". Joseph's brothers know he isn't really dead, but they put on a show of grief for Dad's benefit.
** Played straight with "Close Every Door", where Joseph has hit rock bottom in prison.
* Also parodied in ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}'', with "Pore Jud is Daid".
* "Endless Night" in the stage musical version of ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
** "Rafiki Mourns."
** "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" is one from Timon and Pumbaa's perspective.
* ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' has two straight examples and a subversion:
** In context, "Seasons of Love" is about how to remember someone after they're gone.
** The DarkReprise of "I'll Cover You" is also a straight example.
** "Your Eyes", after which Mimi [[DisneyDeath revives]] thanks to ThePowerOfRock and a literal guardian Angel, is a subversion.
* The DarkReprise of "If I Loved You" from ''Carousel'' is an interesting variant, as it's sung from the viewpoint of a deceased person who's about to leave for the afterlife after being allowed to see his wife and daughter on Earth fifteen years after he died.
* "Empty Chairs At Empty Tables" from ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', dealing with Marius' grief and survivor's guilt.
* "Days of Plenty" from the musical of ''Theatre/LittleWomen.''
* "Those You've Known" from ''Theatre/SpringAwakening.'' Interesting in that it is [[spoiler: sung mostly by the ghosts of the departed.]]
** Also "Left Behind".
* "No More" could be seen as a variant of this in ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods.'' For sure, though, "The Witch's Lament" is a straight example.
* Invoked by ''Theatre/{{Urinetown}}'' with "Tell Her I Love Her", which is part [[spoiler:DeathSong for Bobby]] and this for [[spoiler: Little Sally.]]
* "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" sung by Christine about her father in ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''.
** The Phantom's mournful "All I Ask Of You" reprise also qualifies, as he is singing about Christine who he believes he has lost forever to Raoul.
* The final scene of ''Theatre/LoveNeverDies'' is a series of reprises that are either [[DarkReprise dark reprises]] or turn the material into Grief Songs. "Look With Your Heart", "Once Upon Another Time", and "Till I Hear You Sing", in that order, chronicle [[spoiler: Christine's death]].
* "Supper Time." Holy ''[[WhamEpisode god]]'', "Supper Time." From the 1933 revue ''As Thousands Cheer'', this number is a black woman wondering how to explain to her kids that their father has just been lynched.
* ''Theatre/NotreDameDeParis'': Quasimodo's "Danse mon Esmeralda" (doubles as BSODSong), right after Esmeralda's death. He's witnessed the death of the woman he loves and killed his adoptive father. He's resolved to die holding Esmeralda's dead body, because "dying for you is not dying". Yeah, he's pretty broken.
* "Why" in ''tick, tick, BOOM''. Jon has just found out his best friend Michael [[spoiler: has AIDS. The song is about Jon remembering the good times he and Michael had, and wanting to make the best of the time they have left.]]
* [[Theatre/InTheHeights "Alabanza"]] is the neighborhood grieving [[spoiler: Abuela Claudia]].
* ''Theatre/{{Iolanthe}}'' features an inversion in the climactic scene. Iolanthe veils herself so the Lord Chancellor won't recognize her because [[ItMakesSenseInContext she'll be executed if he does]], and pleads for him to give his consent for her son Strephon to marry a certain ward of the court. She sings the ballad, "If, In the Bygone Years" in an appeal to his memories of his (supposedly) late wife, who is in fact [[spoiler: Iolanthe herself]].
* ''Theatre/BorisGodunov'' has the Tsarevna Xenia's lament for her late fiancé. This was one of the parts of the opera that was recomposed from the original version.
* The "Totenklage" in ''{{Theatre/Elisabeth}}'' combines this trope with DarkReprise.
* ''Theatre/{{Lestat}}'' has both "Sail Me Away" and the brief DarkReprise of "Right Before My Eyes".
* "I Promise You a Happy Ending" from ''Mack and Mabel.''
* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'':
** "No Good Deed". It's heartbreaking to watch, and considered by some to be just as powerful as "Defying Gravity".
** And then there's Glinda's part in "Finale", which doubles as DarkReprise of "For Good".
* ''Theatre/IfThen'' has "Learn To Live Without", dealing with Liz's grief over the death of her husband.
* "It's Quiet Uptown" in ''{{Theatre/Hamilton}}''
* Parodied in ''Theatre/{{Curtains}}'' with "The Woman's Dead" (and its reprise, "The Man Is Dead").
* In ''Theatre/TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty'', "Always Better" allows Francesca to both mourn her lover and remember the joy of their time together.
* The revised stage musical of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' has "If Only (Triton's Lament)", in which Triton reminisces about [[TheLostLenore his late wife]] and laments his lack of control over Ariel without her.
* "Missing You" from ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'' is one of these, as Harry sings about Dumbledore's death and Quirrell about [[HoYay having been abandoned by Voldemort]].
** Also from the sequel, "Guys Like Potter" (Snape missing Lily) and "Those Voices" (about Lily and James, by Sirius and Harry [[spoiler:and Snape]]).
* ''Theater/JerseyBoys'' repurposes the song "Fallen Angel", which Frankie Valli wrote for his daughter Francine while she was still alive, in the context of her untimely death by drug overdose.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* "Each Night He Comes Home to Me" from the ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor: Underground'' OST is about a war widow. As a BilingualBonus, you can also hear a German version [[SourceMusic on a radio]] in-game.
* [[LyricalDissonance "Kimi No Kioku"]] in ''VideoGame/Persona3'' [[spoiler: Which comfirmed the [[TheHeroDies Protagonist]]'s HeroicSacrifice]]
* In Odyssey's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_9c0yipDPY "Final Breath"]], a [[WithLyrics vocal]] {{Eurobeat}} arrangement of "Border of Life" from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} 7: Perfect Cherry Blossom", the singer's character longs to join his deceased lover in death.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0445.html This]] ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' strip.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* "Everything You Ever" from the end of ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog''.
* "No More Fear" from ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'', sung by Emma (Katherine Pawlak), following the death of [[spoiler:Gina Hart]] in the previous episode.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rzpuAx0PsM Chorale For Snow White]]."
* Owen's song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts4xxICfXWk Oh, My Izzy!]] in ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama World Tour,]]'' while it has a very up-beat tempo is sang right after [[spoiler: Owen breaks up with Izzy, and she is taken out of the game due to head trauma.]] Coupled with the ArtShift during the song, which is done in Owen's crayon style (which is his imagination.)
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has "Leaves from the Vine", sung by Iroh at a makeshift memorial shrine for his son who died in the siege on Ba Sing Se. The song also acts as a dedication to Iroh's voice actor, Mako, who had died before the episode aired.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jldngb69BTc It Changes]] from WesternAnimation/SnoopyComeHome.
* "Something Is Missing" from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' was originally about Jerrica looking for her [[TransformationTrinket earrings]], however a later episode repurposed it to be about [[DaddysGirl Kimber]] mourning her deceased father.
-->I feel a lost and it's got me kinda shook
-->I keep on searching but it's nowhere I look
-->Something is missing in my life
-->Can somebody tell me where it's gone?
-->Something is missing in my life
-->Somebody tell me where I've gone wrong with my life?


!! Songs about Partings

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* "The Time Has Come (Pikachu's Goodbye)" from the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}: 2B A Master'' album. Although the song itself is a perfectly straight example, when it's actually used in the anime, Pikachu immediately returns as soon as the song is over.
* The ending song to episode four of ''Manga/SchoolLive'' is an English song named "We Took Each Other's Hand" about Miki's feelings for her best friend Kei. [[spoiler:The final episode shows Kei GaveUpTooSoon as she would have eventually been rescued with Miki and Taroumaru. She ended up turning [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie into a zombie]].]]
-->All of your warm tender days
-->So many memories with you now gone
-->I feel so lost without you here by my side
-->When I wake up from this dream I want to be with you again

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fan-made music video ''Music/LullabyForAPrincess'' is about Celestia's grief over having to banish her own sister.

* "Never Gonna Dance" from ''Film/SwingTime'' (1936) is a [[BSODSong surreal, disjointed song]] expressing Lucky's sense of desolation when it seems he is losing Penny for good.
* "They Can't Take That Away From Me" from ''Film/ShallWeDance'' (1937) is sung by Peter right after he has married Linda, knowing she's going to divorce him immediately. He sings wistfully about the memories he'll keep from their brief marriage.
* ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol'': "When Love is Gone", during Scrooge and Belle's breakup scene. [[CutSong The song was cut]] from the theatrical version, although the [[AwardBaitSong ending credits cover]] by Martina [=McBride=] was retained.
* "Evermore" from ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017''
* "Goodbye May Seem Forever" from ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound''

* Double example in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FMmgGpASEs Ya Uhozhu]] (я ухожу), which counts for both death and partings. "Ya uhozhu, - skazal mal'chishka ej skvoz' grust' no nenadolgo *Gunfire*,ty zhdi menya i ya vernus', Ushel sovsem, ne vstretiv pervuyu vesnu." *Cuts to war memorial.* Prishyol domoj v soldatskom tsinkovom grobu.
* "She's Leaving Home" by Music/TheBeatles, from ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand''
* "The Dance" by Music/GarthBrooks
* By Music/EltonJohn:
** "Daniel"
** "Blue Eyes"
** "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues"
* "Leaving on a Jet Plane", by Music/JohnDenver [[CoveredUp and others]]
* Project Pitchfork's "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Lament]]" (ambiguous whether this is about just parting or the love interest's actual death).
* The title track on Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/WishYouWereHere'', about the departure of their co-founder and original frontman Syd Barrett, who was forced to leave due to mental illness.
* Music/{{Metallica}}'s final song with bassist Music/JasonNewsted, "I Disappear" from the ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'' soundtrack mirrored his eventual falling out and departure from the band.
* "Dead To Me" by Music/MelanieMartinez is odd in that it is a BreakupSong, and a bitter one at that, that acts as a grief song as well.
-->My condolences
-->I'll shed a tear with your family
-->I'll open a bottle up, pour a little bit out in your memory
-->I'll be at the wake dressed in all black
-->I'll call out your name, but you won't call back
-->I'll hand a flower to your mother when I say goodbye
-->'Cause baby you're dead to me
* While not originally intended that way, Creator/LynyrdSkynyrd ' s "Free Bird." The band dedicates it to Duane Allman in concert.
* Creator/WarrenZevon 's "Keep Me In Your Heart" was written as a message to his loved ones just before he died. It's been used a few times (see Live Action TV Below).
* Music/DollyParton's "I Will Always Love You" was originally about her separation from her professional partner Porter Wagoner, but Music/WhitneyHouston's [[TheCoverChangesTheMeaning cover took on the context of]] a "grief over death" song when it was played at that singer's funeral.
* Music/PattyLoveless' ''How can I Help You Say Goodbye'' is about three times she lost someone special to her; her best friend (moved away), her husband (left), and finally, her mom, and her mother's ArcWords on the subject.
-->Mama whispered softly "time will ease your pain\\
Life's about changing, nothing ever stays the same"\\
And she said "How can I help you to say goodbye? It's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry.\\
Come let me hold you and I will try,\\
how can I help you to say goodbye?''
* Music/SarahMcLachlan - "I Will Remember You"

* "This Nearly Was Mine" from ''Theatre/SouthPacific''
* "I've Grown Accustomed to her Face" from ''Film/MyFairLady'' is this for Higgins who is trying to come to terms with his feelings of loss after Eliza walks out on him.
* "Chavaleh" from ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'' is an interesting case, as Tevye has to declare his daughter Chava dead to him after she marries outside the Jewish faith, but this song makes it clear it's not easy for him. He loves his daughter, yet he believes he has no choice but to disown her.
* "For Good", from ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', sung by Elphaba and Glinda as their final goodbye. Glinda role originator Creator/KristinChenoweth also sang it as a death grievance song at ''Series/TheWestWing'' castmate Creator/JohnSpencer's funeral.
* "Cute Boys with Short Haircuts" and "Friendship Isn't What it Used to Be" from ''Vanities: The Musical''.
* "I'm Still Hurting" and Jamie's part of "I Could Never Rescue You" from '''Theatre/TheLastFiveYears'''.