More Mourning than Merry

blurred christmas tree in distance

Holiday cheer is not always what floods this season.   I don’t know about you, but several waves of hard news have landed in my life in recent weeks. 

We continue on, celebrating what we love, savoring what we want to remember, and hoping that things turn out better than we might even expect. 

As I am getting acquainted with my new role as a Hospice Music Therapist, I am humbled by the reminders of life’s endings and the examples of colleagues and individuals who bravely journey into spaces of grief and vulnerability in order to give people the death that they deserve and that they need.

If you’re finding that merry isn’t what you’re about right now, below are a few songs to meet you in those moments of melancholy or – bless you – mourning.  Nathan and I recorded them several years ago and send them today as an embrace over the airwaves…  

Wishing you a special season of deep love and connection as we close out the year. 

P.S. some links from the archives to further the mood…

Take Yourself Home for Christmas, No Matter Where You Are 

True Man Yet Very God – on lifting babies and burdens

Sleep in [a Little Better Feeling] Peace 

By Naomi Bird

Wife of tenor Nathan Bird, pianist, organist, former music therapist, writer, tea-drinker, mom of two mini-sopranos and two mini-tenors, and learner of loving the arts.

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