10 Timeless Funeral Songs
Published February 4th, 2020
When our loved one passes away, we honor their life and legacy through a funeral and memorial service. However, the ceremony would be incomplete without funeral songs.
Funeral songs help us express what we feel, which can bring us more closure and healing.
But choosing a funeral song can be hard for some. To help you decide which music to play at a service, here are ten timeless funeral songs that can help you and your family uniquely say goodbye. (Related: Poems, Songs and Prayers for Scattering Ashes at Sea)
By: Robbie Williams
Written by Ray Hefferman, he wrote it when his daughter died at birth. On the original lyrics, it says, “I’m loving an angel instead.” It describes how his angel (her daughter in heaven) watches him over, and that wherever his “angel” is, his love for her will always be strong.
What Matters Most
By: Kenny Rankin
“It’s not how long we held each other’s hand. What matters is how well we loved each other.”
This song is perfect for a funeral because it tells us that when we love someone, it doesn’t matter how long you have been together. What matters is how you truly love, respect, and treated each other well.
Tears in Heaven
By: Eric Clapton
Everybody knows how emotional this song is. Singer and songwriter wrote “Tears in Heaven” after his 4-year-old died. In the lyrics, it says, “I must be strong and carry on.” Although it is painful to lose someone, you must be strong and move on because your dearly departed is already in a better place.
You Can Close Your Eyes
By: James Taylor
The singer calls this song “secular hymn,” in which he believes that this song is a touching meditation on loss and separation.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
By: Israel Kamakawiwo’ Ole
Somewhere over the rainbow is one of the famous and remarkable songs in the world. It’s an excellent song to play in a funeral because it reminds the grieving family that the deceased loved one is now up there, where there’s no pain nor troubles.
By: The Smiths
“Don’t feel bad for me. I want you to know deep in the cell of my heart; I will feel so glad to go.”
This song will tell you that it’s okay to let your loved one go, for they will be in another much better place.
I’ll Be Seeing You
By: Billie Holiday
“I’ll be seeing you, in every lovely summer’s day, in everything that’s light and gay, I’ll always think of you that way.”
This song can put a tear in your eyes, especially if the one that died is someone very close to your heart.
Drops of Jupiter
‘Drops of Jupiter’ is another great song to play at a funeral. It tells the story of two people who meant a lot to each other and shared a special bond. Then, all of a sudden, the girl left, leaving the guy wondering why.
Although the guy can’t accept it yet, he’s ready to let go and take things the way it is. Just like in death, we need to accept that people come and go.
How Long Will I Love You
By: Ellie Goulding
This beautiful song portrays an unconditional and undying love for someone. It tells how you can be completely attached to someone where nothing could stop you from loving a person forever.
Make You Feel My Love
This song is a slow yet powerful ballad about doing anything for the one you love. Playing it on a funeral will remind you how strong your love for your dearly departed is.
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