The special song touching the hearts of grieving parents everywhere

"Winter Bear" is touching hearts around the world
"Winter Bear" is touching hearts around the world Photo: Shutterstock

A poignant song about the heartbreak of stillbirth, authored by an Aussie singer and a grieving grandpa, is touching hearts around the world.

Singer songwriter Coby Grant posted the piece, "Winter Bear" on Facebook on 11 January, where it has since been viewed over 2.7 million times.  And the story behind it is deeply moving.

"In late 2016, I sang at a couple's wedding," Ms Grant writes on her Facebook page, adding that it was one of the most beautiful ceremonies she'd ever been to, "simply because I could feel the love in the room - between the couple, their friends, their families."

And, to make the day even more special, the "glowing" bride was also expecting.

Later that year, however, Ms Grant received a message from the father-of-the-groom who shared the tragic news that the newlyweds' baby, his grandson, was stillborn.

"As a huge lover of music, [the grandfather] told me that he wanted to write a song for his grandson, to give to his son and daughter-in-law, to capture the love they all felt for this child and to honour his memory," Ms Grant writes. "He asked me if I could help him write this song."

And, with a heavy heart, she said yes. 

"Over the next few months, the Grandpa sent me pages of thoughts, poetry, words and feelings," Ms Grant says, adding that she also drew on inspiration from her own friends who had lost children under tragic circumstances. 


After "Winter Bear" was produced and recorded overseas, Ms Grant explains that they made the track into a CD, which Grandpa gave to his son and daughter-in-law. "As you can imagine, it was quite overwhelming for them." Ms Grant writes."They were and are extremely touched and grateful for the incredible gift he gave." 

Ms Grant also performed the song live for the family, an experience she describes as "the hardest thing I've ever had to do, but also the most beautiful and moving moment I have ever had the honour to be part of."

While the track was initially mean to be just for the family, over time, Ms Grant said it became "bigger than that" - and they decided to share it with the world.

"We all hope that it will touch other people who have lost their children,"she says. "That it might bring a small amount of hope or peace in the face of this kind of loss."

And judging by the response to her post, that's exactly what "Winter Bear" has done.

"Absolutely breathtaking," one mum wrote. "I've lost two baby girls, both at 22 weeks gestation. Amelia Faith in 2016 and Everly Rose in 2017 a short 9 months apart. Your song gave me goose bumps and my tears instantly fell, as your words felt like my own."

"This touched me..." added another. "Crying like a baby. I should have a newborn in my arms right now, and we lost another pregnancy that was due two months from now. Last year was the worst year of my life. I can't wait to see my babies again someday."

"My grief counsellor gave me an assignment this week to find a song that shares where I'm at in my grieving & I think I found it while listening to this beautiful song," wrote another mum. " Your voice is so tender, honest, raw. Music is a huge part in my healing process & this song is so meaningful. "

Ms Grant will be donating half of the proceeds to "charities or organisations that support families who have lost a child, or research into SIDS". 

"To all of the parents of angel babies," she writes, "This song is for you."

Find "Winter Bear" on itunes here
Spotify here
And YouTube here