Uplifting Sensitive Funeral Music and Memorial Songs
Celebration of Life Musical Selections, Service Song Ideas, and Parting Hymns
Are you looking for memorial song ideas? For many people, music is one of the most important parts of a service. 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 for funerals
- Beautiful Christian services memorial songs
- Loving and sweet music for a child or baby's funeral
- Classical choices
- Joyful celebration tunes for a senior citizen's Celebration of Life
- Military honors ideas for fallen soldiers
- Ideas for the loss of a teen or young person
or for any loved one important in your life.
I hope this page this will lighten the load for those looking for help and inspiration while planning a memorial service. My very warmest thoughts go out to you and yours.
Country Music Choices with Sample Lyrics
For a Child
You Raise Me Up (by Josh Groban)
"When I am down, and, oh, my soul, so weary. When troubles come, and my heart burdened be. Then, I am still and wait here in the silence. Until you come and sit awhile with me."
I Will Take You Home (Grateful Dead)
"Your daddy's here and never will forget you, I will take you home. I will take you home. Gonna carry you back home... In my arms. I will take you home."
Angels Among Us (Vocal remix by Alabama)
"Oh, I believe there are angels among us, sent down to us from somewhere up above. They come to you and me in our darkest hours, to show us how to live, to teach us how to give, to guide us with a light of love."
For a Father, Husband, Son or Grandfather
Ships of Heaven (BlackHawk)
"Don't cry for me when I'm gone. Keep the faith and be strong. Cause through it all I've been blessed. I've faced my fears and passed the test. When you look up in the sky on a sunny day, imagine me driftin' away"
I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing (Mark Chestnutt)
"I could stay awake just to hear you breathing; Watch you smile while you are sleeping, while you're far away and dreaming. I could spend my life in this sweet surrender. I could stay lost in this moment forever. Where every moment spent with you is a moment I treasure."
For a Mother, Wife, Daughter or Grandmother
I Am Weary (The Cox Family)
"Lay my head upon your breast. Throw your loving arms around me. I am weary let me rest. Seems the light is swiftly fading. Brighter scenes they do now show. I am standing by the river. Angels wait to take me home
Holes in the Floor of Heaven (Steve Wariner)
"My mom smiled, said: 'Don't be sad child. Grandma's watching you today, 'cause there's holes in the floor of Heaven, and her tears are pouring down. That's how you know she's watching, wishing she could be here now.'"
Ships of Heaven by BlackHawk
Choices For a Beloved Baby, Child or Toddler
In Dreams (performed by Roy Orbison)
Sample lyrics: "In dreams I walk with you. In dreams I talk to you."
My Heart Will Go On (performed by Celine Dion)
Sample lyrics: "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)
Sample lyrics: "Beyond the door there's peace I'm sure. And I know there'll be no more tears in heaven."
One Sweet Day (by Mariah Carey, with Boys II Men)
Sample lyrics: "And I know you're shining down on me from heaven. Like so many friends we've lost along the way. And I know eventually we'll be together, One sweet day.
"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
Listen to Pachelbel's Canon in D with Original Instruments
A Green Day for Teens or Fans of Rock Music
The rock band Green Day has a beautiful song called Good Riddance.
"Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road.
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go.
So make the best of this test, and don't ask why.
It's not a question, but a lesson learned in time.
It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life"
See the video below.
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.
Ronald Reagan's Funeral Music List - Link to List of Music from the Former President's State Funeral
- Ronald Reagan State Funeral Music Information
Ronald Reagan State Funeral Music Information from the U.S. Army District of Washington - Guardian of the Nation's Capital. Ronald Reagan b. 1911 d. 2004
Sample of Susan Boyle Singing Amazing Grace
So many people have recorded this special song and it is appropriate for any Christian-based service. This 30 second video gives a sample of Susan Boyle's version.
Funeral Planning and Grief Management Links
- Mothers With Angels
Helpful website for and from Mothers who have lost a baby, toddler, or child.
- Military Funeral Honors
This is a United States Department of Defense site. Information on Military Honors Funerals for those who have served the USA as soldiers or in other ways. Also find here helpful Veteran's links and military website links.
- The Compassionate Friends
Grief Support After the Death of a Child "The Compassionate Friends is about transforming the pain of grief into the elixir of hope. It takes people out of the isolation society imposes on the bereaved and lets them express their grief naturally.
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May your heart heal soon if you are in pain.
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