Celine Dion's New Album Is A Source Of Courage To Those Who’ve Experienced Loss

Celine Dion's New Album Is A Source Of Courage To Those Who’ve Experienced Loss

How do you find the courage to live after losing a loved one? In Courage by Celine Dion, she reminds us to be strong and brave.

Courage by Celine Dion is a loving tribute to her husband and manager, René Angélil. Loss is not something you prepare for, despite knowing that loss is inevitable.

Courage By Celine Dion: The Beginning With René Angélil.

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Céline with René Angélil. Image: ABC

When Céline Dion went public about her relationship with René in 1993, she expected a backlash from her fans and the world. This expectation was as a result of the 28-years-age-difference between her and René. However, her fans accepted René as “the colour of her love”, as she described him in the dedication notes of her album.

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Although most celebrity marriages are known to end, almost as soon as they start, they went on to spend 21 years together until René’s death. René was not just her husband, he was also her manager. In an interview after her husband’s death, she said that the biggest challenge after René’s death was having to make her decisions on her own. He helped her choose her clothes, her songs, he was her life partner. So, when she says that she lost balance, it is easy to understand.

In the first performance after her husband’s death, at the Billboard Music award 2016, Celine Dion performed Queen’s The Show Must Go On. In her breathtaking voice, she is defiant as she declares that life must go on even after being dealt such a blow. The performance was very emotional and it’s hard to imagine how much pain she must have been going through.

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In the opening line to her new song, Courage, she sings “I would be lying if I said I’m fine” and it is easy to understand. It brings to mind how people who have lost someone have to claim they are fine even if they are not to avoid being a burden to others.

Losing a spouse is not an easy pain to handle. There are many stories of spouses who die within months or years of each other because they could not bear to live without the other partner.

However, in this song, Céline Dion begs courage not to fail her. Courage is what would keep you going when the pain insists on drowning you. There are no miracle words that ease the pain of loss, whether of a spouse, child, dear friend. But, finding the courage to live life is a brave step to take. It would also be what your departed loved one would have wanted for you.

Céline, also lost her brother a couple of days after her husband. But, with three boys to look after and her career, she had to find the courage to stand up for them and face life squarely. In the words of Queen, we hope you also find the will to carry on.

Courage By Celine Dion Lyrics

I would be lying if I said: “I’m fine”
I think of you at least a hundred times
‘Cause in the echo of my voice I hear your words
Just like you’re there
I still come home from a long day
So much to talk about, so much to say
I love to think that we’re still making plans

In conversations that’ll never end
In conversations that’ll never end

Courage, don’t you dare fail me now
I need you to keep away the doubts
I’m staring in the face of something new
You’re all I got to hold on to
So, courage, don’t you dare fail me now

Not one to hide from the truth, I know
It’s outta my hands but I won’t let you go
There’s no replacing the way you touched me
I still feel the rush
Sometimes it drowns me ’til I can’t breathe
Thinking it’s only in our memories
But, then I talk to you like I did then

In conversations that will never end

Courage, don’t you dare fail me now
I need you to keep away the doubts
I’m staring in the face of something new
You’re all I got to hold on to
So, courage, don’t you dare fail me now

‘Cause it’s not easy when you’re not with me
This world of madness goes faster now
And it’s a train wreck but I won’t crash yet
Long as your echo never fades out

Courage, don’t you dare fail me now
‘Cause it’s not easy when you’re not with me
This world of madness goes faster now
And it’s a train wreck but I won’t crash yet
Long as your echo never fades out
Courage, don’t you dare fail me now

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To learn more about dealing with grief, read this: A Practical Guide To Dealing With Loss And Grief

Written by

Lydia Ume