Songs Used in Death and Dying Education

Updated June 2013

Marilyn Smith-Stoner, RN-BC, PhD

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This list includes songs I have used to illustrate issues related to aging, dying an death. They are an important way to help health care students and workers experience the world of the patient and family in the health care system. The artists who produced these songs give us unique insight into the patient and family narrative. All of these songs have been used extensively in my teaching. The criteria I use for selecting songs are:

1. Secular

2. Diverse types of music, performers and generations

3. The entire set of songs used in a term follow a theme( such as water as a metaphor) or particular portion of the lifespan.

4. Appropriate (nonfowl) language, English.

5. Work well with other forms of aesthetic resources such as art.

6. Meaning is immediately able to be grasped by diverse students.

The experience of

Artist

Song Title and Lyric Link

Reflecting on Life

Ozzy Osborne

Life Won't Wait

The Judds

Grandpa

 

Kid Rock

All summer long

 

 Darius Rucker

This

 

Joe Nichols

The Shape I'm In

 

George Harrison

All Things Must Pass

 

Miranda Lambert

The House That Built Me

 

Beatles

In my Life

 

Claire Lynch

Long After I am Gone

 

Craig Morgan

This Ain't Nothin'

 

Flaming Lips

Do you Realize?

 

Nickelback

If Today Were Your last Day

 

Rent

Seasons of Love

 

 Judy Collins

Secret Gardens

Aging

Artist

Song Title and Lyric Link

 

Brooks & Dunn

Cowgirls don't cry

 

Judy Collins

In my life

 

White lies

To lose my life

 

Traveling Wilburies

End of the Line

 

John Prine

Hello in There

 

Paul McCartney

When I am  64

 

Kris Allen

Live Like We're Dying

 

Eric Clapton

My Father's Eyes

 

Kenny Chesney

Don't Blink

 

John Prine

Hello In There

 

Neil Young

Old Man

 

Aerosmith

Dream On

 

John Mellencamp

Don't Need this Body

 

Lewis Carroll

You are Old Father William

 

Tom Paxton

Name of Trees

 

Fats Walter

Old Grand Dad

 

Bill Withers

Grandma's Hand

 

Gene Autry

That Silver Haired Daddy  of Mine

 

Willie Nelson

Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age

 

Johnsmith

From His Window

 

Brian Gale

I don't Look Good naked Anymore 

 

 Destiny’s Child

Survivor's Song

 

Tom Paxton

The Names of Trees

 

Creme

The Hospital Song

 

Johnsmith

Hired Hand

 

John Gorka

People My Age

 

Gene Autry

That Silver haired Daddy of Mine

 

Beach Boys

Till I die

 

 Toby Keith

 As Good as I Once Was

Blake Shelton

The Baby

Beatles

Dr. Robert

Jason Aldean

Tattoos on This Town

Illness and diagnosis

Artist

 Song and Lyric Link

 

Kathy Mattea

Where have you been  ?

 

Kathy Mattea

That is the deal

 

Elton John

Last Song

Martina McBride

I am Gonna Love You Through It

 

Bombshel

Fight like a girl

 

Tim McGraw

Live like you were dying

 

Rascal Flatts

Skin

 

Death Cab for Cutie

What Sarah Said

 

Save You

Simple Plan

 

Rascal Flats

Stand

 

Ben Folds Five

Hospital Song

 

Cold War Kids

Hospital Beds

 

Craig Morgan

Tough

 

 Anthony Phillips

Bleak House

Tim McGraw

Don’t take the girl

Athlete

Wires

Pink

Just Like a Pill

Dying

Artist

Song and Lyric Link

 

Metallica

Until it sleeps

 

Blood, Sweat and Tears

And when I die

 

Pearl Jam

The End

 

Frank Sinatra

I did my way

 

Conor Oberest

I don't Want to Die in the Hospital

 

Nat King Cole

Let's Face the Music

 

Annie Lennox

Into The West

 

Blue Oyster Cult

(Don't Fear) The Reaper

 

Willie Nelson

Gillian Welch

I'm Not Afraid to Die

 

Bruce Springstein

Streets of Philadelphia

 

Kenny Logins

This is it

 

 Cold War Kids

 Hospital Beds

 

The Used

Hospital

 

Gojira

The Art of Dying

 

Allen Ginsburg

Father Death Blues

 

Chip Taylor

Grandma's White LeBaron

 

Chuck Brodsky

Death Row All-Stars

 

Depeche Mode

Death's Door

 

Don Conoscenti

The Other Side

 

George Harrison

Art of Dying

 

Jacques Brel

Seasons in the Sun

 

Harry Nilsson

I’d Rather be Dead

Led Zepplin

Stairway to Heaven

Lady GaGa

The Edge of Glory

Death

Artist

Song and Lyric Link

(my favorite of all time)

Joey & Rory

When I’m Gone

 

BB King

See that my grave is kept clean

 

Elvis

Long Black Limousine 

 

Annie Lennox

Into the West

 

Paul Mcartney

The End of the End

 

Patty Griffin

Long Ride Home

 

Devotchaka

How It Ends

 

Johnny Cash

The Long Black Veil

 

John Mellencamp

If I Die Sudden

 

The Country Dance Kings

Go Rest on That Mountain

 

The Clipse

The Funeral

 

Johnny Cash

There Ain't No Grave

 

Ralph Stanley

O Death

 

Tim McGraw

If You Are Reading This

 

Blackhawk

Ships of Heaven

 

Blood, Sweat & Tears

And When I Die

 

Gillian Welch

The Wind and Rain

 

Paul McCartney

End of the End

 

Enoch Kent

Crematorium Song

 

John Crookston

Fall Down as the Rain

 

John Prine

Please Don't Bury me

 

kd lang

Heaven                

 

Tom Paxton

Forest Lawn

 

Paul Simon

The Afterlife

Louis Armstrong

St. James Infirmary

Joe Nichols

I’ll Wait for You

Tyga

Far Away

Steve Wariner

Holes in the Floor of Heaven

Tom Paxton

Now that I have taken my life

Bereaved/

Remembering

Artist

Song and Lyric Link

 

Justin Morgan

If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away

 

Angela Kaset

I didn't know I was saying goodbye

 

Billie Holiday

I'll be seeing you

 

Mariah Carey

One Sweet Day

 

Christopher Cross

Think of Laura

 

Beatles

In My Life

 

Celine Dion

My Heart Will Go On

 

Lucinda Williams

Fancy Funeral

 

Phil Vassar

Last Day of My Life

 

Jewel

The Shape of You

 

Craig Morgan

This Ain't Nothin'

 

Green Day

Wake Me Up When September Ends

 

Johnny Cash

Daddy Sang Bass

 

Roseanne Cash

Sea of Heartbreak

 

Patty Griffin

Long Ride Home

 

Toni Braxton

Unbreak My Heart

 

Celine Dion

My Heart Will Go On

 

Elton John

Candle in the Wind

 

Eric Clapton

Tears in Heaven

 

Alan Jackson

Sissy's Song

 

Sarah McLaughlin

Angel

 

Say Anything

Cemetary

 

Cavaliers

Last kiss

 

Pantera

Cemetary Gates

 

Dolly Parton

Silver Sandals

 

White Lies

From the Stars

 

Alan Jackson

Sissy's Song

 

Bill Withers

Grandma's hand

 

IZ

Somewhere over the Rainbow

 

Justin Morrow

If heaven Weren't So Far Away

 

Son House

Death Letter

 

Mike and the Mechanics

The Living Years

 

 Hank Williams

 6 More Miles

Joe Nichols

Old Friend of Mine

Cleddus T Judd

Shade Tree Mechanic

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Brendan’s Death Song

Carrie Underwood

Just a Dream

Steve Wariner

Holes in the Floor of Heaven

Leann Rimes

How do I Live?

Josh Groban

To Where You Are

Ben Folds Five

Brick

Tyga

Far Away

Miranda Lambert

Over You

Alan Jackson

Monday Morning Church

 

 

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