Heartbreaking TikTok honoring those who have passed away goes viral


The Richmond musician invites hundreds of people to help create a “wall of pain and memory” on the Up soundtrack.

A Richmond-raised singer-songwriter put lyrics to a popular movie soundtrack to create a heartbreaking music video that not only went viral, but brought ‘a sense of relief’ to thousands of people bereaved by the loss of a loved one.

Emilee Moore’s TikTokwhich has garnered over 20 million views so far, is set to a snippet from the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning 2009 computer-animated film At the top. The film tells the story of a 78-year-old balloon seller, Carl Fredricksen, who lost his childhood sweetheart and his beloved wife.

The part of the soundtrack that Moore chose comes from a poignant scene in the film. And since there are no lyrics, Moore decided to add some.

“I just decided, let me try something. I was thinking about my grandmother, who passed away due to COVID, and I just wrote about that part. Then I thought, why not just put this on TikTok and see if people like it. Because a lot of people know this movie and everyone loves this scene,” Moore said.

The music immediately exploded onto TikTok with people using it to produce their own videos to remember their deceased loved ones.

“Many people have reached out saying that this song has brought them a ‘sense of relief’ after feeling lost and alone in their grief for months, weeks and even years. Several people have even told me reached out before the song was released to ask if they could have a copy to use for their loved ones’ funerals,” Moore said.

Realizing how the music resonated, Moore invited people to send him photos of loved ones they had lost. The response has been incredible, Moore said.

Her Instagram account was inundated with over 1,000 direct messages from people sending photos and sharing stories of people they had lost.

Moore created a second version of the music video which includes hundreds of photos submitted to honor their lives and create community for those still grieving.

As seen in the new music video High in the sky on YoutubeMoore stares at rows of photos on a white wall, as the words bring back memories of some of those who have passed away.

Moore describes it as “a wall of pain and remembrance” for the precious souls who have left this earth.

“This song has indescribable power, and I truly believe it is changing lives. More people need to hear this, especially as the world is still processing all of the losses from COVID.

“I wrote this song about my grandmother who passed away from COVID in 2020 and it has helped me grieve in ways I can’t explain. And I know it has helped so many others from the same way,” Moore said.


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