Songs for Funerals

Nowadays all sorts of songs for funerals are chosen. It doesn't have to be a traditional hymn. What was your loved one's favourite tune? Only close family will know. Was it “Kumbaya my Lord” from youth camping holidays or “What a wonderful world”?  My nephew played the "Pink Panther" theme on his saxophone and we had some jazz at the end of the service for my husband, as it was what he loved. 

“All things must pass” by George Harrison was also sung by my son and a great friend. Try to make it as personal as you can. A special meaningful song that they would have enjoyed. It can be celebratory, or just a song which has important memories. Here are some ideas to perhaps jog your memory, but do try to chose something that will make it a special goodbye.

Funeral Song - All Things Must Pass Lyrics by George Harrison on Sunset BackgroundAll Things Must Pass by George Harrison

Don't be afraid to sing the funeral song yourselves

If you can sing the song, or have someone who can sing the song for you, that is better still. It can be really hard to sing when you are full of emotion, but you will be happy that you did. 

Otherwise, most funeral homes and crematoriums have music sound systems these days and even some churches will have them. You can play it safe and have the music on a sound system for support, but sing along with it.  

  • All Things Must Pass – George Harrison
  • Song for Guy – Elton John
  • Candle in the Wind – Elton John
  • What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  • Somewhere over the Rainbow – Various
  • Everybody Hurts – REM
  • Bridge over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel
  • I will always love you – Whitney Houston
  • Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
  • Imagine – John Lennon
  • Yesterday – John Lennon
  • Goodbye my Lover – James Blunt
  • Danny Boy - Various
  • Morning has Broken – Cat Stevens
  • Angels – Robbie Williams
  • The Way We Were – Barbara Streisand
  • Bright Eyes – Art Garfunkel
  • Amazing Grace – Susan Boyle
  • Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
  • My Way – Frank Sinatra
  • Unchained melody – Righteous Brothers

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Funeral Music - Instrumental and Choral

Funeral Hymns

How to Stay Calm at a Funeral

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