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If you’re going through a tough time, don’t underestimate the power of music to help you process your grief.

Music has a way of connecting with us on a deep emotional level. It can bring out feelings we didn’t even know we had and help us express ourselves in ways that words cannot. That’s why it’s such a powerful tool for people who are grieving.

I love Ed Sheeran because he processes all his feelings through song. I first heard him say that when we were in lockdown, he’d write 25 songs a week. More recently Ed has shared his journey with us talking about how difficult it was to have his wife have a tumour while pregnant and nothing could be done. His best friend Jamal also died, which was devastating. His new album “Subtraction” was born from him processing grief through his music.

I love listening to Ed’s music because I relate so much with so many of his songs. Every song brings back so many memories for me or makes me think of my relationship with my husband. His songs bring me so much joy. As does my husband.

One of the early songs that impacted our family was, “Photograph”. I remember our second grandson (when he was 3 years old) crying every time he heard this song. He would cry and say, “Turn it off”. We couldn’t listen to it, even if it was just a song playing in the background.

Whenever I watch the music video of Photograph, it makes me cry too, but it’s tears of sadness and joy. I remember our girls as little girls growing up into the beautiful women they are today. During the video I see Ed’s parents and someone who looks like his nanna is in the video being so happy to be with their gorgeous boy. I remember the smiles, giggles, fun and joy of our girls.

Here’s the link for the official music video.

Whether you’re listening to your favourite songs or creating your own music, it can be a cathartic experience that helps you process your emotions and move forward. The lyrics and melodies can serve as a reminder that you’re not alone in your pain and that others have gone through similar struggles.

So if you’re going through a tough time, put on some music and let yourself feel. Let it be a source of comfort and healing as you navigate the difficult journey of grief.

Memories and Saying Goodbye

Last week I shared Chris Bogue’s guest appearance with me on Julian Mather’s show. This week I had an in-depth chat with Chris on my YouTube channel, Conversations with Cait.

If you’d like to have a look at our chat, you can do so here.

Chris shares how he watched his mum grow up, watching his two grandpas sitting together and the fun he had watching who turned up to all the school plays and events.

He talks about how he deals with death and says goodbye to friends, family and celebrities. It was wonderful hearing stories about Chris’s family and the fun he’s having seeing all the previous and current generations.

They found Grandma’s diary and to their surprise, it was almost empty.

Hear about Chris’s experience talking to NASA as a 10 year old.

Discover how he works out the timeline of old films.

Chris commented on how interesting it was looking at family resemblances and actually seeing that you do look like a great uncle or even have the same mannerisms.

Through Chris, we get to know his family really well and how we can remember our own loved ones.

Chris says, if you are interested in digitising your home movies, there’s a lot of different services you can use. You can send them away in any format and have someone do them for you for a few $100 or $1000s of dollars but, if you’ve got a box of tapes or something like that somewhere, there are things you can buy that just hook right into your computer and you can just digitise them yourself.

His main take away is, that if you’ve ever thought about digitising old film or videos do it, he’s very glad he spent the time to do this. Transfer them now, before deteriorate and get even worse. Chris was a delight to speak with, I hope you enjoy watching as much as I enjoyed speaking with him.

You can find Chris Bogue here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-bogue/

His website is: chrisbogue.io

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