January 27, 2021

How Do We Come To Terms With Loss In A Secular Society?

Fiona Brice

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Audiovisual"Last Light", 2020YouTube video & MP3

People turn to music at time of grief or loss. Perhaps when they cannot find the words inside themselves to express how they are feeling, or perhaps because they have no one they can talk to.

Hymns are traditionally sung at funerals, but in an increasingly secular world this can bring discomfort or a sense of disconnect, rather than solace. I wanted to write about my personal acceptance of loss in contemporary song form. In the hope that sharing my story might help others, might perhaps connect with them on an emotional level to give them a little strength, a degree of closure. At a time when we are confronted with daily death statistics at breakfast, yet with no statistics available to quantify the emotional damage being done to society, “Last Light” is about staying present, even when your world seems to be crumbling around you. A reflection on accepting loss and change.