I came across this track while working on the Grief Directory - it was originally from a post on the Seven Ponds blog.  SevenPonds is a contemporary resource for those who wish to celebrate memory and personalize the end of life.  You can learn more at their website here.

The blog post was written by Kathleen Clohessy and here are the first few paragraphs that caught my attention:

When you are grieving a loss, there are times when simply getting up in the morning seems like too much to bear. Life itself can feel overwhelming and burdensome, as if the simple act of taking in air is too much of a fight. Even as you begin to regain your strength and put one foot in front of the other again, the weight of grief can strike at any time, crushing your spirit and dragging you back from the light into the darkness of despair.

May Erlewine’s “Shine On” is a song that was written for times such as these. A simple ballad with a straightforward message, it speaks to the need to keep moving forward even when we feel as if we can’t go on — not because we want to or because we choose to, but because life gives us no choice. Written, according to the artist, in response to the growing unhappiness and discontent she saw in the world around her, it is a song about transcendence and hope. It begins:
— Kathleen Clohessy (Blog Writer, SevenPonds)

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