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Irish singer's moving video about grief will make you weep (WATCH)

When she's not writing, Claire Gillespie can most often be found wiping snotty noses, picking up Lego, taking photos of her cat or doing headstands.

Stephanie Rainey's incredibly poignant video for 'Please Don't Go' features people who have lost loved ones

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I hadn't ever cried at a music video until I watched Stephanie Rainey's promo for her new song "Please Don't Go."

The Irish singer posted the clip to her Facebook page a few days ago and it has received 2.5 million views (and counting). Stephanie's Half of Me EP is also currently sitting at No. 2 on the iTunes chart, above the likes of 5 Seconds of Summer, James Bay and Ed Sheeran.

The song is lovely but it's the video that is really touching the hearts of millions.

It features real people who have all been touched by grief. Each man and woman holds up placards revealing how their loved one died, how their death made them feel and what they would say if they could speak to them one last time.

"Sorry for not being able to save you," said the man whose loved one died of meningitis. "I respect your decision," said the man whose loved one died by suicide. "You're my hero," said the woman whose loved one died in a car crash.

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Grab a tissue and watch the full video below. It will, literally, hurt your heart.

Stephanie Rainey - Please Don't Go

Please Don't GoFor the past few months I’ve been working on a video for my track ‘Please Don’t Go’ that I am so honoured to share with you all. It’s hard to put into words what this video means to me and how grateful I am to the people who took part - it wasn’t easy. A few years ago, I lost my nephew very suddenly and it was something that changed my life forever. I can still remember how it felt and I know there are so many other people who have gone through the same thing in one form or another.I feel like this song has resonated the most with me since writing it. I remember the exact place it came from and it never loses its meaning no matter how many times I play it. Since then, I’ve wanted to create a music video that reflects this and which could potentially help people who are struggling with loss while also giving people a chance to tell their story.To John, Dylan, Donna, Cian, Moira, Gary, Teresa, Kate and Tony, I will never be able to thank you enough for your honesty and willingness to share what you did, it takes tremendous courage and I have so much respect for you all. To Kate O Hara, Miki Barlok, Gary Keane and Kevin Herlihy - all the time and effort you've put into this has brought it to life. Also a very special thank you to Sarah Power for her incredible piano and production work and Gary Keane for his vocal and production work. This track would be nothing without ye and making the EP was best experience of my life. You guys are magic.I hope that whoever watches this gets something from it. All my love, Steph x

Posted by Stephanie Rainey on Monday, 17 August 2015

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The Cork-born musician revealed the personal pain behind the song on her Facebook page: "For the past few months I’ve been working on a video for my track ‘Please Don’t Go’ that I am so honoured to share with you all. It’s hard to put into words what this video means to me and how grateful I am to the people who took part — it wasn’t easy. A few years ago, I lost my nephew very suddenly and it was something that changed my life forever. I can still remember how it felt and I know there are so many other people who have gone through the same thing in one form or another. I feel like this song has resonated the most with me since writing it. I remember the exact place it came from and it never loses its meaning no matter how many times I play it."

Stephanie added that she wanted to "create a music video that […] could potentially help people who are struggling with loss while also giving people a chance to tell their story."

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