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10 Moving Funeral Songs

“Music speaks when words can’t express your feelings.”

Yes, music has a powerful effect on people. This is especially the case with funeral songs.

A funeral song can inspire and give hope. It can break uncomfortable silences, provide a distraction from dark thoughts, and can allow you to grieve in a peaceful way.

But what are the best funeral songs to play? Read on to find out.

1. “Angels”—Robbie Williams

The 2006 hit is one of the best songs for a funeral. Everyone knows the lyrics which Robbie penned with the thought that loved ones are watching over you.

2. “My Way”—Frank Sinatra

As a celebration of life, this funeral song gives a whole new perspective. The song reflects the wonderful life your loved one lived.

This is a great choice for someone who lived a long old life with no regrets.

3. “You Raise Me Up”—Various

This inspiring tune gives hope when used as a funeral song. The song’s covered by many artists, such as Westlife and Josh Groban.

Whether it restores your faith or makes you reflect on how your loved one gave you strength in life. This uplifting song is open to personal interpretation.

4. “Over the Rainbow”—Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

This soulful interpretation of two uplifting songs for funerals makes a perfect harmony. The upbeat ukulele sound combined with hopeful lyrics sang with a smoky-soft voice is the perfect send-off.

It was even played at his own funeral in 1997.

5. “See You Again”—Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

This is one of the most popular funeral songs in the last decade. Most likely because they wrote the song to send off Paul Walker after he tragically died in a car accident.

The lyrics capture the feeling of loss but share a positive hope that you will meet again.

6. “Blowers Daughter”—Damien Rice

This is another emotional funeral song that is sad, yet beautiful. It has a romantic tone but is more of a tear-jerker than an uplifting tune.

7. “I’ll Be Seeing You”—Billie Holiday

This classic song filled everyone’s eyes with tears in the movie “The Notebook”. The tear-jerking romantic song is a moving funeral song with positive lyrics.

“I’ll be seeing you in every lovely summer’s day…”

8. “Nightingale”—Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato wrote this deeply personal song after losing a friend to suicide. She now feels as though her friend is her guardian angel or nightingale. The lyrics can be especially comforting when youth loses a parent.

9. “Drops of Jupiter”—Train

This upbeat song is one of the best funeral songs to lift the mood. The uplifting song has deep lyrics but a catchy tune.

It’s an excellent song when releasing something into the sky as a remembrance. Such as Chinese lanterns or balloons.

10. “Tears in Heaven”—Eric Clapton

This ballad is one of the most popular funeral songs of all time. The somber song conveys a message of endurance and strength during difficult times.

Many relate to the powerful lyrics because Eric Clapton wrote the song when he lost his 4-year-old son in a tragic accident.

Funeral Songs that Capture the Memory

Although these funeral songs are popular, there really is no right or wrong songs for a funeral. It all depends on what captures the unique memory of your loved one.

If you’ve recently lost a loved one in death, the thought of planning a funeral may feel overwhelming. But you’re not alone, we can help you every step of the way. Find out more about our services here.