Funeral Songs For a Fitting Life Tribute
Certain songs naturally fill us with emotions, creating that connection between us and a memory, event or person. That’s why choosing funeral songs when planning a meaningful funeral is such an important part of the process, because we all want to make sure the music we choose is a fitting tribute to a life well-lived.
Music helps to personalise the service, so that it properly reflects on the individual. We completely understand that most families don’t want a generic funeral song, so we’ve gathered some ideas to help – ranging from classic funeral songs to modern songs, and upbeat choices.
Emotional, classic funeral songs
There are a handful of songs that have been played at funerals for decades, because they evoke emotion and feel like the most fitting choice for a time that is so filled with sadness. These traditional funeral songs have stuck around for good reason.
- Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
- You Can Close Your Eyes – James Taylor
- Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Eva Cassidy
- Candle in the Wind – Elton John
- Unforgettable – Natalie Cole
- Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
- Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
Modern funeral songs
The funeral song you choose doesn’t have to be a classic one. Choose something that truly honours the life of the person you’ve lost; this could be a song that’s special to them, or one you believe suits who they were. Modern funeral songs are especially a popular choice for those times someone was taken far too young.
- Halo – Beyonce
- Wonderwall – Oasis
- I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy & Faith Evans
- See You Again – Wiz Khalifa
- Avicii – Wake Me Up
- Supermarket Flowers – Ed Sheeran
Remembering a particular person
Honour your relationship with someone who was (and always will be) important in your life. We’ve gathered some popular funeral songs when you’re searching for a beautiful tribute for a spouse, parent or child.
Remembering a spouse or partner:
- Lay Me Down – Sam Smith
- I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
- She’s Gone – Willie Nelson
- There You’ll Be – Faith Hill
- See You Again – Carrie Underwood
Remembering a parent:
- Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross
- You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
- Mama – Spice Girls
- One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey & Boys II Men
Remembering a child:
- Forever Young – Jay Z & Mr Hudson
- Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel) – Billy Joel
- Beautiful Boy – John Lennon
- Hello, Goodbye – Michael W. Smith
Oftentimes, we want to remember a person as the happy, upbeat person they were. Your loved one brought joy to the lives of those around them, so many people choose positive songs to encourage smiles at the service.
- Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bob Marley
- What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
- Bring Me Sunshine – Morecambe & Wise
- You Are The Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
- The Best – Tina Turner
Contact Fry Bros
Fry Bros is here to help you absorb the death of a loved one, and to help you to personalise the memorial service so you’re satisfied that it properly reflects both their life, and your relationship with them. To discuss planning a meaningful funeral in Maitland, get in touch with us.