Uplifting Sensitive Funeral Music and Memorial Songs

Celebration of Life Musical Selections, Service Song Ideas, and Parting Hymns

Uplifting Sensitive Funeral Music and Memorial Songs

Are you looking for memorial song ideas? For many people, music is one of the most important parts of a memorial. The songs chosen to play at a funeral set a certain tone, touch mourners on an emotional level, and give many a sense of peace and hope. Music can be uplifting, solemn, or comforting and can have deep personal meaning for family and friends.

This page includes:

Country Western Music Songs for Funerals

Beautiful Christian Services Memorial Songs

Loving Music for a Child's Funeral

Sweet Songs for a Baby's Memorial Service

Classical Memorial Music Choices

Joyful Celebration Tunes for a Senior Citizen's Celebration of Life Memorial

Military Funeral Honors Ideas for Fallen Soldiers

Funeral Music Ideas for a Teen, Young Person, or an Adult Grown Child,

or for any loved one important in your life.

I hope this page this will lighten the load for those looking for funeral songs and planning a memorial service. My very warmest thoughts go out to you and yours.


Sample of Susan Boyle Singing Amazing Grace

So many people have recorded this special song. This 30 second video gives a sample of Susan Boyle's version.

Celine Dion singing "My Heart Will Go On" Live - From the Movie Titanic

"Every night in my dreams I see you, I feel you, that is how I know you go on"

"Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton wrote this incredibly touching song after the death of his young son. It never fails to touch my heart.

Classical Music Funeral Selections

Popular Classical Songs for Memorials

Adagio For Strings - Albinoni

Agnus Dei - Samuel Barber

Ave Maria - Andrea Bocelli

Canon in D major - Pachelbel

Lacrimosa, from Requiem in D minor - Mozart

The Lark Ascending - Vaughan Williams

Pavane - Faure

Pie Jesu - Faure

Funerals - Instrumental Piano Music
Funerals - Instrumental Piano Music

Includes: How Great Thou Art. On Eagle's Wings, Roses for You, On the Other Side, and many more. Piano music without vocals.


Listen to Pachelbel's Canon in D with Original Instruments

For Good

This song may be a good song choice for the memorial of someone who used to be close. This is a special and sweet song called For Good from the musical Wicked. It is about friendship, forgiveness, and how one person can make a difference in the life of another.

Funeral Planning and Grief Management Links - LINKS TO HELPFUL WEBSITES

Website Links for Memorial Music Choices, Funeral Planning, Memorial Service Help, Help with Grief and more for the Loss of a Loved One, including a Pet.

Do you have helpful advice for others who have lost a loved one? Or maybe you have some songs you would like to add to this page. Feel free to share your insights, wisdom and experiences here.

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May your heart heal soon if you are in pain.

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Cronicbeats 2 years ago

"Tears in heaven" by Eric Clapton always brings me to my knees. I always find myself crying when I hear it. Not only that its sad but its very touching how much he loved his son and made a song about it.

TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

@TanoCalvenoa: I'm glad you included the Green Day song. They thought it was a dumb song that they threw onto their album for the heck of it, and it turned out to be a huge hit.

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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

This is a highly unusual and very meaningful lens. I love your selection of music. At my own funeral, I hope that Bette Midler's song The Rose will be played, along with Josh Grobin singing You Lift Me Up.

anonymous 4 years ago

Adagio for Strings is actually written by Samual Barber as well. Otherwise amazing list. thanks for sharing it!

anonymous 4 years ago

Bind us together in love is a hymn my mother wanted at her funeral. It seemed to be the perfect finish for her funeral. The family did bind together, despite the grief.

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Ezmerelda LM 4 years ago

As morbid as it sounds, I want my family to play 'Stayin' Alive' at my funeral. I just think it would give everyone a laugh on a day they need it most.

oiloflife 4 years ago

Thank you SOOO much for this article....

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serendipity831 4 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

I agree, music helps even when grieving. My motto is "Without Music, life would be a mistake", music is universal and will always speak when words fail to do so. You have showcased some wonderful songs here-love this lens! "For good" is a brilliant song with such heartfelt lyrics, so glad you included this song. I was actually at a funeral where this song was sang, it was absolutely beautiful and truly honored the deceased.

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davenjilli lm 4 years ago

My daughter has already picked out my funeral songs LOL As believers in the salvation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we look forward to what comes next. Wonderful lens totally blessed!

anonymous 4 years ago

What a wonderful gift you have prepared for others in their time of loss here, bless your heart!

Back when my Dad moved on to heaven many years ago, someone said not to have his favorite song for the service but to have the soloist do something else because the song would hold toll many memories. Dad loved, "His Eye is on the Sparrow" and we have wished many times that we had it rather than the substitute song that none of us remember....it would have been perfect as we had Psalm 84 as a scripture reading. The other thing we wished we had done differently is to not have "Joy to the World" as a congregational hymn...it just hurt to hear it that Christmas and for several to come though we thought it was a good idea at the time. Funny, I don't remember any other of the music other that the one we wished we had and the one we wished we hadn't had.

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SheGetsCreative 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

I think the best tip is to compile music that is meaningful to you and the one you lost. When my niece died, Sarah McLachlan's Angel held the most meaning, as did Garth Brooks' The Dance.

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darciefrench lm 4 years ago

Lovely uplifting and sensitive songs for funerals, many thanks and all the best :)

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JoyfulPamela2 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

As a professional musician, I have had the sad job of playing at funerals. Sometimes the families give me song selections that are meaningful to them, but usually they just ask me to pick something "appropriate". Very hard to do, but you have lovely suggestions that I will consider for the future. Thank you.

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LisaMarieGabriel 5 years ago from United Kingdom

When I die, play me Albinoni, Dear Lord and Father of mankind - then let's have a happy party...

anonymous 5 years ago

Hi thanks for the info. I think that I am the one person on the planet that doesn't like amazing grace so thanks you for some other choices. It is a delicate subject funerals but you have handled it beautifully

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AConger 5 years ago from Alabama

It's really great to find all this information in one place.It will makes a grieving persons life a little easier, when trying to make some very hard decisions. Thanks for making this amazing page.

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turtleface 5 years ago

You've hit on a niche that is quite interesting. This provides a full plethora of information for those that are grieving. It does a lot of the thinking for them... dealing with funeral music to planning. Very in depth

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jc91583 5 years ago

Great music. It is a sad time when someone that dies. It is nice to see you helping them in the process in your own way. Thank you.

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Mishael A Witty 5 years ago

Beautiful lens. I love how you played Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson at your dad's funeral. And I agree about the bagpipes playing "Amazing Grace." Gorgeous! This is so appropriate given that my husband and I have been to two funerals in as many weeks (but we didn't have to pick out the music). Thank you for sharing these ideas!

momsfunny 5 years ago

Very nice lens. I'm suggesting to play his/her favorite song. That's a good tribute to your loved one.

djroll 5 years ago

Tasteful and helpful lens for the most heart-wrenching time in a person's life. My advice for losing a loved one is to keep their memory alive by talking about the good and funny things they contributed to life. Don't forget the funny things - it's ok to laugh.

Time has a way of fading memories. When a loved one passes, our minds flood with memories - take advantage of your memories and write them all down when a love one passes. I wrote for 3 months when my mother passed away. Now, I am so grateful I did.

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Redneck Lady Luck 5 years ago from Canada

My father played the guitar and at his funeral a tape was played of him strumming and singing by the campfire. Music is a wonderful way of paying tribute.

anonymous 5 years ago

Some nice tunes here on some sad occasions.

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pyngthyngs 5 years ago

Really interesting lens. It's these moments in life that music can really help people connect and move on.

anonymous 5 years ago

Very nice lens for a sensitive topic. "On Eagle's Wings" has long been my favorite song for funerals (can't hear it without crying)!

anonymous 5 years ago

I had never written an obit nor eulogy before my father passed away in August; this thoughtful Lens would have been most helpful. Thanks for all your research and hard work!

gravityx9 5 years ago

love your songs, it's hard to deal with those details at that time, but the music played in the background is very important.

anonymous 5 years ago

Nice helpful site and glad to see part of earnings from the website goes to March of Dimes.

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ICanCook 5 years ago

Nicely done site. Its such a confusing time when you're suffered the loss of a loved one and this lens will definitely help people with their funeral plans. Awesome job!

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Nightowl John 5 years ago

Nicely done. One of my favorite songs - sung at both grandparents funerals - is "On Eagles Wings."

anonymous 6 years ago

Thanks for the resource. I needed a few funeral messages and music for a cousin's memorial, and this has really helped.

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glenbrook 6 years ago

I know it's not usually considered a funeral song, but when I die I want "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" to be one of the hymns.

anonymous 6 years ago

For sensitive occasions and funeral event, an appropriate soothing music has to be played that should heal and sympthasize the affected people who have lost their loved ones. Great lens on funeral music.

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Wooden-Crosses LM 6 years ago

Oh, this makes the decision much easier. God Bless you!

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Kevin Wilson 2 6 years ago

What an interesting choice of subject. At my Dad's funeral in 2009, Mum chose Louis Armstrong singing "Gone Fishin'" as the main music... maybe not a choice everyone would make, but for us it was very appropriate.

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ccgala4 6 years ago

It is always encouraging to have uplifting music at memorial services. Songs can certainly strike a cord in our spirit and the wording can also play an integral part in comforting the loss of a loved one.

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JJNW 7 years ago from USA Author

On America's Got Talent, a man sang If Tomorrow Never Comes, recorded by Garth Brooks and written by Brooks and Kent Blazy. It is lovely and touching and I think it would be a really wonderful song to play at a memorial.

Some of the words:

If my time on earth were through

And she must face the world without me

Is the love I gave her in the past

Gonna be enough to last

If tomorrow never comes

Very touching.

anonymous 7 years ago

Thank you for making this hard time easier, it is never easy trying to plan for a newborn service and it was hard enough for me to deal with let alone plan, this site made it easy to find everything I needed. Thanks again for helping those in mourning.

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KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

I'm so happy to see a lens on this topic. At a service for a friend's husband, the music she choose (his rock favorites) were totally inappropriate. It sounded like a party. I flew into the manager's office and she promptly switched the cd to a soft medley of Beatles music. She had previously tried to talk my friend out of her selections to no avail. Squid Angel Blessings to you.

anonymous 8 years ago

Your article Childrens' Funeral Services Music was extremely helpful. Thank you ever so much.

anonymous 8 years ago

Here is a link to a new song released by Amy Helmuth called "Your Near"

Please listen and tell us what you think.


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