How to Choose a Funeral Song

How to Choose a Funeral Song

How to Choose a Funeral Song

Almost every funeral, regardless of the religious or cultural context, includes music. There is something transcendent about the way music can move us to feel and remember, especially when you are faced with a devastating loss. Songs can be played as guests enter and depart the funeral, during the service itself, or piped gently in the background throughout.

Although some people discuss which songs they would prefer to have played at their funeral, not everyone makes this decision in advance. If you do not know what music to play, you can always opt for traditional standards like “Amazing Grace” or choose a playlist of the deceased’s favorite songs. Another option is to choose songs that are ideal based on your relationship to the deceased.


Funeral Songs for Mom

When remembering mothers, most of us feel a profound sense of gratitude and love for all that they sacrificed. These songs capture that sentiment.

“Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler

“The Long and Winding Road” by Paul McCartney

“Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood

“Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion

“Time to Say Goodbye” by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman

“Mother” by John Lennon

“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

“Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers

“Hero” by Mariah Carey


Funeral Songs for Dad

Funeral songs for fathers tend to focus more on strength and the uplifting memories you cherish. Options include:

“Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton

“Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd

How to Choose a Funeral Song

“Love Without End, Amen” by George Strait

“Daddy’s Hands” by Holly Dunn

“Thank You for Being My Dad” by Jon Barker

“My Father’s House” by Bruce Springsteen

“Dance with My Father Again” by Luther Vandross

“You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Johnny Cash


General Funeral Songs

If you would rather not play a relationship-centered funeral song, these most popular funeral songs are a good choice. They capture the loss you are experiencing without specifying who you are missing.

“Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (IZ)

“Amazing Grace” by Various Artists

“Hallelujah” by Various Artists

“You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder

“You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban

“I Am Sailing” by Rod Stewart

“There You’ll Be” by Faith Hill

“Both Sides, Now” by Joni Mitchell

“Go Rest High on that Mountain” by Vince Gill

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