Music, Death, And My Beloved Brother

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. -Norman Cousins

How do you say goodbye to a loved one? It’s the “thing” I have been asking myself all day. I wasn’t expecting to write this today. Instead, I was hoping to share the concert I went to yesterday. That was until I received a call this morning. Today, my family had to put my dog, really my brother, to sleep. Dogs don’t normally live for almost 21 years, but Tigger did. It wasn’t because we wanted to put him down, but it was the humane thing to do.

If you have watched the movie Marley and Me, then you know just how painful it is to lose a pet. And, then perhaps you also understand how they are more than just a pet. He was nothing like Marley in the movie. Tigger was an amazing, well-trained dog that blessed all of us with his presence, just like the Winnie-the-Pooh character my sister named him after.

As anyone can imagine, it is very hard to let go. Music serves many purposes. One purpose is to help get through emotional wounds like those of today. Although my family’s hearts are shattered from today’s events, I guarantee that each of us will deal with it in our own way. Mine will likely be to play my guitar, and listen to melancholic or nostalgic music that helps me press forward. My sister will likely choose five songs that remind her of our beloved brother and repeat them, literally, for weeks.

As I searched for a song of the moment, I tried to think of a song that reflects remembering a loved one. The best thing that I can up with for the time being is Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven. I loved this song when it first came. Over the years, as loved ones have gone to their grave, its meaning has become ever more meaningful.

Tigger, I love you buddy. R.I.P.  You will be terribly missed…


Tears In Heaven (Live Video Version) – Eric Clapton

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One comment on “Music, Death, And My Beloved Brother
  1. I am so very sorry. Just reading this has brought tears to my eyes; it must have been very difficult to write.

    I have only had my dog for a year, but the mere thought of losing him makes me want to cry.

    Please accept my condolences for your loss.

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