Barbara. "The Song Hunter," has spent over 40 years writing poetry and lyrics. In her spare time, she loves to find songs that tell stories.
This top ten list of the best songs for funerals does not include the traditional typical recommendations. Below you'll find unique song suggestions along with a brief description and the related video. The styles of each song vary in mood. Their lyrics are about diverse topics. They are suited for many different audiences. Some songs work for anyone, while others have a more specific demographic.
Top 10 Best Songs for a Funeral
1. "Go On Without Me" by Brett Eldredge (For Anyone)
2. "On Eagles Wings" by Michael Joncas (Religious)
3. "See You Again" by Carrie Underwood (For Anyone)
4. "Temporary Home" by Carrie Underwood (For Anyone)
5. "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry (For a Young Person)
6. "Thank You" by Johnny Reid (To Say Thank You to Loved Ones)
7. "I'll See You Again" by Westlife (For Anyone)
8. "One More Day" by Diamond Rio (For Anyone)
9. "Supermarket Flowers" by Ed Sheeran (For a Mom)
10. "I'll Stand by You" by Glee (For Anyone)
1. "Go On Without Me" by Brett Eldredge
Album: Bring You Back
This song isn't somber in tone. The lyrics are spoken from the perspective of the person who has passed on. They're asking that you keep living your life even though they're no longer alive. The message is reassuring as they express they'll always be there watching over you.
I'll always hear the prayers in your head late at night
I'm walkin' right beside you, when nobody's by your side
I don't want you to cry over my memories
So go on without me
2. "On Eagle's Wings" by Michael Joncas
Album: On Eagle's Wings
This classic is sung at most funerals. It doesn't matter how many times you've heard it, it makes you cry. You'll often hear this gorgeous Christian song as the family walks out of the church behind the casket of their loved one. It's tough to hear it and watch their final walk together. If you need a traditional funeral song, choose this one.
And He will raise you up on eagle's wings
Bear you on the breath of dawn
Make you to shine like the sun
And hold you in the palm of his hand
3. "See You Again" by Carrie Underwood
Album: Blown Away
You're going to cry. This song digs deep into the forever aspect of death. The lyrics are reassuring in that they vow you'll see each again. Also, the perspective of this song can be from a loved one, or the deceased. The lyrics are moving and ideal to give a powerful send-off to the one you love. Get the tissues ready.
I will see you again, oh
This is not where it ends
I will carry you with me, oh
'Till I see you again
4. "Temporary Home" by Carrie Underwood
Album: Play On
This moving song uses the phrase "temporary home" to define each stage of our life. When facing death, it reminds us again, that like all other changes we face in life, living a human life was always our temporary home. It's a beautiful spiritual song with a modern, easy to understand message. There's a soothing nature mixed in with the sadness of loss.
This is my temporary home
It's not where I belong
Windows in rooms that I'm passin' through
This was just a stop, on the way to where I'm going
I'm not afraid because I know this was
My temporary home
5. "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry
Album: The Band Perry
There is nothing harder than the loss of a young person. Hopefully you never need this song for that purpose. However, if you find yourself seeking a song that captures the innocence of lost youth, this tune glides through the pain without using classic somber music. Although the lyrics are terribly sad, there's a mystical beauty about it.
If I die young bury me in satin.
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song
6. "Thank You" by Johnny Reid
Album: Kicking Stones
This song has two potential meanings. When you read the lyrics they can be interpreted as thanking God or the person you spent your life with. However, watching the video you'll notice that it's a wife leaving her family home after the passing of her husband. She reflects upon the life they shared together and it ends with her passing the keys to a new young couple. The circle of life. It's moving, sad, rewarding and powerful. Saying thank you is a beautiful way to say goodbye.
Thank you for the life you've given me
Thank you for sharin' all your love and your peace
Thank you for every tear of happiness I've cried
Thank you for layin' down your life to be crucified
7. "I'll See You Again" by Westlife
Album: Where We Are
This song is one of the most beautiful songs you can choose to honor the passing of a loved one. It's gut wrenching and extremely moving. The music is grand and the lyrics were written to honor the loss of two of the band member's fathers. Choose this song to end the service with. Although sad, it's message stating that 'we'll see you again' is reassuring. There's no getting around it though, you're going to weep when you listen to this one.
I'll see you again
You never really left
I feel you walk beside me
I know I'll see you again
8. "One More Day" by Diamond Rio
Album: One More Day
This touching song is specifically about wanting to have one more day with your loved one. It reminds us how precious today really is, and how loving each other while we're alive is what matters most. This goodbye song gets you in the heart, and realizing you'll never see your loved one again, it hurts.
One more day, one more time
One more sunset, maybe I'd be satisfied
But then again, I know what it would do
Leave me wishing still for one more day with you
One more day
9. "Supermarket Flowers" by Ed Sheeran
Even though this song is for a mother, Ed Sheeran wrote it to honor his grandmother. Your heart will melt when you watch the video and listen to it. If you need a song that expresses the depth of love you had for your mom or grandmother, Supermarket Flowers wins first place. Every memory of your loved one will come pouring back. Like all of the other songs featured here, this one will also make you cry.
So I'll sing Hallelujah
You were an angel in the shape of my mum
When I fell down you'd be there holding me up
Spread your wings as you go
And when God takes you back we'll say Hallelujah
10. "I'll Stand by You" by Glee Cast
Album: The Quarterback by Glee Cast
This song is a moving choice for a send off. It can be interpreted as the loved one who has passed away and is singing that they'll always watch over you. They'll be there in your darkest hours and guide you from above. It gives you a calming feeling to know that these are the words your loved one would want to speak if they could. It's especially powerful to honor the passing of the patriarch or matriarch of the family.
I'll stand by you,
I'll stand by you, won't let nobody hurt you,
I'll stand by you.
Baby, even to your darkest hour, and I'll never desert you,
I'll stand by you.
And when the night falls on you baby,
You're feeling all alone, you're wandering on your own,
I'll stand by you
© 2018 Barbara Tremblay Cipak
What's Your Favorite Memorial Song?
Barbara Tremblay Cipak (author) from Toronto, Canada on November 16, 2018:
Mary, thanks for stopping by. I know what you mean about the words, I had to stop playing the songs when I was creating this page. Too many tears.
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 16, 2018:
Barbara, these are really very touching songs and the words just made me cry.