Resources for Loss

Beautiful Pain by Eminem featuring Sia, contributed by Autumn Johnson (2019)

I understand that this may not be the most orthodox addition to our collection, but it is one that has truly helped me through difficult times. Although Eminem can be a polarizing figure and his music is thought to be profane and aggressive, I have found some of his songs to be uplifting and empowering. 

As the title suggests, “Beautiful Pain” is about reframing the way we view the struggles in our lives. Because we have endured and overcome pain, we can be grateful for the experience and the strength that we have demonstrated in our perseverance. The song makes use of the image of a phoenix to further demonstrate the theme of perseverance. Like the phoenix born again from ash, we emerge from our struggles a new version of ourselves. 

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