Funeral Song Reviews

Imagine you’re listening to the radio and a song comes on. It’s a song you haven’t heard for a while but it brings back lots of memories of good times or sad times. It reminds you of a certain person or a special time in your life….. this is the power of music.

Quite often the songs or music that get played at a funeral are specially selected by the family and friends of the deceased because it was a favourite song or the lyrics describe exactly what they are feeling about the special person who has passed away. Choosing the perfect songs & music to play at a funeral can be a difficult decision because you only have one chance to get it right, and often not much time to decide. This page contains hundreds of funeral song ideas and reviews from people who have played these songs at their loved one’s funeral or memorial.

Do you have any special memories from a song that was played at a funeral? Have you chosen the songs or music you want played at your own funeral? Feel free to add your funeral song ideas and funeral song reviews in the comments section at the bottom of this page and you just might help someone else who is looking for the perfect song to play at their loved ones funeral.

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Funeral Song Reviews

What Others Have Said....

I have a few songs from my grandpas funeral who died in 2007 at age 82. He was very special to me and out of 3 grandkids I was his favorite. Read More…

This is song was played at a funeral of someone who I personally didn’t know too well, but this song made me realize that his death was a great loss…Read More

I had never heard this song before and I don’t really like westlife, but I was looking for a song for my much loved mothers funeral. I came across this one and it was perfect…Read More…

My dad passed away in December 2010. It took me days to find the right music for his service. When I heard this I knew it was the perfect one…Read More…

From the movie Cadence. Read More…

This was played at her funeral and I cried my eyes out. Then a month later I heard it on a movie and it got me sad and of course I cried… Read More...

I made a slideshow for my Aunt’s Funeral and used this song. Read More…

We played this at my grandma’s funeral and everyone said it was perfect. Now I cant listen to it without crying. Read More…

This was played at my dads funeral and will be played at mine. Read More…

My dad became mum’s full time carer after a motor vehicle accident left her severely disabled. After 20 years as her carer he passed and this song was played Read More…

I am a songwriter with an original song I wrote for my grandfather’s funeral, but I was too choked up to sing it! Read More…

My father as recently passed away and we haven’t had the funeral yet. We are looking for songs for the funeral and I found this one. Read More…

This is a beautiful song I heard at a funeral about 15 years ago. It starts out very slow and gradually picks up the pace. Everyone will love it. Read More…

The first time I heard this song I was brought to tears and if I could ask for any song to be played at my funeral it would be this one. Read More…

I wrote this song for my father when his life was in the balance. Luckily he pulled through. My wife wasn’t so lucky, her father passed away 2 years ago & she played this song at his funeral. Read More…

We saw this beautiful song / video on YouTube. It is one of the best Funeral Songs we have ever heard. Read More…

Every time I hear this song it reminds me of my friend Johnny’s funeral. He was only 24 when he passed away in a tragic car accident. The lyrics make me think of him… Read More…

My Wife’s Uncle was killed recently in a tragic cycling accident whilst on holiday in the UK.
He was cruelly taken away from his family at a time when his life was nearing the early retirement phase. Read More…

My Grandfather loved John Williamson and when he recently passed away, we were looking for a song from John to play at the funeral. Read More…

My son passed away 16yrs ago on October 15, 1994. 
I was told he wouldn’t make it, but I wanted to believe different. When he took his last breath he was in my arms. Read More…

At my nan’s funeral they played this song and it sings about how she lives in heaven.
And how God took her away to go to a better place – so this song reassures us that she is okay. Read More…

My grandfather passed away yesterday morning. When I heard this song, it reminded me of summer holidays in a country town with my grandparents… Read More…

I am looking for the music and lyrics for Going Home Religious version. Read More…

I came upon this song on one of my Kathy Troccoli albums years ago and it was so touching to me. Read More…

It helps you know that they are going to a better place and that you love them!!!!! Read More…

“SEDUCED, AND STOLE MY LOVE FROM ME…”
The loss of my brother Robert left a huge void in my heart and life….Read More….

‘YOU NEEDED ME’ BY Anne Murray, summed up my life, looking after my Mum, since my dad died some 20 years earlier. Mum ‘gave me the strength’ to carry on…Read More…

I love this song it always touches me and brings tears to my eyes. I picked it for my grandfathers funeral =) Read More...

This song is from a friend of mine that everyone knew . He wrote this song about two weeks before he died. It still bothers me why he had his heart attack…Read More…

This is a song I wrote when a dear friend lost his Mother. Other friends of mine have played it at their Mother’s funeral and said it is perfect. Read More…

I am a pianist and vocalist and my niche is funerals. I like to play meditative and peaceful songs. I improvise so I like to just be free… Read More…

We played this song for a friend of ours that died unexpectedly of a medication overdose this year. Everyone knew that it was a great song the moment that it came over the speakers. Read More…

They played this song at my great grandmothers funeral and it just brought straight tears. its such a beautiful song. Read More…

Used this for my father’s slideshow at funeral. This song is appropriate for a parent or someone one looks up to and learned things from. Read More…

My name is Tony Harrison from England. In 2010 my daughter took her own life. It’s been a terrible time since that day. I was inspired to write a song and got it recorded …Read More….

This is what it must sound like in heaven…Read More…

My Dad died on 1/7/09 aged 49 years and 6 months. Naturally, I was upset.After the eulogy they played this song. It’s a lovely, bright, Marchy type of song. Read More..

This was the exit song played at my father’s funeral. He was 84 and died suddenly from a stroke. Read More…

This was played at a funeral I attended recently as backing music to a slideshow of photos showing the life of the person. Very moving! Read More…

My grandfather’s name is Walter Wilson. He’s also called Bud.Bud Loved this song! 
He sadly passed away, but before he died he heard me singing this song “Sheltered in the arms of God.” Read More…

This song was played at a friends funeral and it was beautiful. Read More…

This is a tribute for Lynda Thompson. She is a good person. You’ll be in my heart. Read More…

This is a perfect funeral song. Read More….

Many years back in the ’70s, I had a cousin that was suffering of leukemia. She died not long afterwards. Before she died, she requested that this be played at her funeral. Read More…

From Gladiator. It is a symbol of hope and love.xx  Read More…

I had a uncle who had cancer. He had died not too long ago.
His name was Peter.I spent his last two weeks with him. I would go to school, come home walk through that door and the first thing i said was “Hi Pete!” everyday. Read More…

My Mema had 12 kids; 6 boys, 6 girls (my mom’s one of the six). This was one of the songs played at my uncle jd’s funeral. I saw him not even a week before he passed…Read More…

The Elvis Presley version of this song is my grandparents song. We played this at my grandfathers funeral and I rocked my grandma to sleep while playing this song. Read More…

My mum recently passed away and my brother chose Mama by Il Divo. It was very powerful and the words were amazing it was perfect for a truly wonderful woman. Read More…

When my dad died, I couldn’t find the right song. when I heard this, it was just so right. I cried and it helped. Read More…

 HI…My beautiful brother at the age of 34yrs, took his own life in March 2007….This song summed up every feeling we felt…Read More…

My daughter was killed in a car accident on September 23rd 2009. She was in love, and she never got a chance to tell him she loved him. Read More…

First heard this song played at my husband’s best mate’s funeral back in 2002. Our friend was only 33 when he passed and this song reduced everyone to tears. Read More…

My best friend who I used to call my brother was on life support and before he passed away I sang this song to him. He was paralyzed and the only thing he could do is just hear and open his eyes. Read More…

I heard this at the funeral of a dear friend on 9/02/2011 in Iver. The words are so beautiful, it moved everyone to tears and was so poignant and fitting. Read More…

This song can be used for any loved one. The word “Brother” can be substituted with “Mother”, “Sister”, “Father”, etc. Read More…

Until now I don’t have a story, but everytime I’m afraid someone might pass away someday, I think this song really takes away any fear. Read More…

I used this song for my mother in-laws funeral tribute DVD as the first song… to remember her when she was young, vivid and beautiful. Read More…

Played at my aunts funeral after she died with cancer…its very emotional and somehow brings all the memories we had flooding back!! Read More…

“Even though for now we’ve got to say goodbye, I know you will be forever in my life…
Never gone.” Read More…

A beautiful funeral song. Read More…

It’s been years since my mother’s funeral and I still cry every time I hear this song. My grandmother passed just yesterday and I was searching… Read More…

My brother Passed Away October 15th ’06 and we still haven’t had his memorial just his funeral. My family wasn’t ready and it still feels like he passed just yesterday…Read More…

Not a dry eye in the house when this was played at the end! Read More…

This is a country song. It’s one that will be played at my grandma’s memorial service. It could be used in many parts of a service, we’re using it during the slide show.  Read More…

I was a widow at 28 and our son was 7 months old. Garth’s song “If tomorrow never comes” had just started playing on the radio. It helped me deal with the pain. Read More…

He sang at our OC Walk to Remember in Irvine Ca. The OC Walk to Remember is a 5K walk, done in remembrance of all the babies lost to miscarriage and pregnancy and infant loss of any kind. Read More…

I never thought much of this song until I had heard it once again at my nans funeral and from that point on it lives in me with all of her memories and I’ll never forget it…Read More…

The words are like the song —amazing , as every life is! Read More…

In July, 2008 I recorded my first song called “You’re Near” . I wrote the lyrics after losing several family members in a short period of time. Read More…

My friend just died of a heroin OD.The only song we could think of was “Hurt” – the Johnny Cash version – and “The needle and the damage done” by Neil Young. Read More…

….Just great songs! Read More…

I’ve always thought this would be a perfect funeral song!! Beautiful and haunting(in a good way). Read More…

This song has been stuck in my head so many times and it has not been played at any memorial that i know of but it is a song i want to sing for my uncle Mel…Read More…

I just listened to it and it fits perfectly for my 3 year old cousin who sadly died on Friday. R.I.P James Rhys Jones 9/3/06-3/7/09. Sweet dreams litle angel i love you lots and will never forget you <3 xxxxxxxxxxxxxx Read More….

I went to a friends funeral and his wife played this song. The words are beautiful, every time I hear it I get teary thinking of him. I have never been to a funeral where so many people were touched by this song and made comments about it….Read More….

This Bee Gees song has been a favourite since the beginning , it has a mystical quality and really apt lyrics of a love so strong. Its my funeral choice.  Read More…

My grandpa recently passed before Christmas, and my uncle’s song really touched me, quite the tear jerker must I add. But the lyrics are very true. I’m sure so many people can relate. Read More…

My Funeral Playlist

I want to give people a laugh and a smile when I die so I will want songs that will make them smile and also some serious ones. It will be one big party my funeral 🙂 Read More…

My mom is dying of lung cancer and she is in what is probably her last days now. The song fits so well because we tried so hard to find a way to fight it using every scientific, medical advancement…Read More…

My husband was killed in a plane crash and he truly was my soulmate, no song has touched my heart like this one ever…Read More…

Goodbye's The Saddest Word by Celine Dion

I played this song at my mum’s funeral and it was amazing! People cried their eyes out. My heart broke that day and I still refuse to believe she is really gone. Read More…

I played this for my Mum at her funeral..it truly is a beautiful song. Read More…

The song, “That’s My Job” is an excellent song to be played for a son that loses his father. When I lost my father, this was played at the funeral, and it just fit very well. Read More…

Softly As I Leave You, written by Hal Shaper, Tony DeVita, Giorgio Calabrese

This beautiful torch song was recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1964 and the same Album title. It was also played at his funeral on May 15, 1998. Read More…

When someone has lost a parent whose partner died before them this song can be seen as comforting as it could mean they are being reunited.Read More…

My best friend lost her mother about five months ago. I was with her the whole entire time and during the three days I didn’t leave her side, she kept listening to “I hope you dance” over and over again…Read More…

19 years ago I lost my baby girl,Tiffany at 11 months old. I played some of these for her funeral. Others just remind me of her. I still listen to all of them often because, even though it has been many years, I can still feel the pain like it was yesterday. Read More…

My Aunty passed away from battling breast cancer for 10 years and this was one of the songs played at her funeral. This song was picked by her husband as its about a husband loving his wife through her battle of breast cancer. Read More…

I want this song played at my funeral. I love Rob Thomas and this seems an apt funeral song. Read More…

Despite the song title, it’s a slow heart-tugging song that could be used to comfort those left behind or used with a photo slideshow/home movie remembrance. Read More…

I am an only child & I lost both my parents at the age of 40. I had lost my Father in September of 2015 and then 4 months later I had lost my mother in January 2016…Read More…

I had this at my dads funeral I was only 16 when he died and trust me listen to this song great song for it. Read More…

I had this played at my father’s funeral. It was a hard road for him when he became bedridden with Parkinson and a heart conditon along with kidney failure but he never complained and remained cheery to the end. Read More…

It makes me cry every time I hear it because it reminds me of my Grandpa. Read More...

This song was actually written as a eulogy for Lady Gaga’s own grand father’s funeral. It reminds me of Mount Olympus or heaven. In one line of the song she says “Let’s take another shot before we kiss the other side.” Read More…

The above is a spoken verse with music. It is one of the most beautiful uplifting things I have ever heard. Read More…

We had it for our Mum’s funeral, but I think it would suit any. Read More…

I lost my cousin who was one of my best friends at the age of 32. I love Kenny Chesney and as soon as I heard this song it just fit and was played at his funeral. Read More….

This song totally sums up how much I’m going to miss my dad. Ironically, he always hated frank sinatra but I played this to him once and he cried and said it reminded him of how he is always reminded of his mother. Read More…

I was at my great uncle’s funeral and country music was always a part of our family’s life. Me and my sister were already REALLY emotional seeing our grandfather crying over his brother, but then this song came on. Read More…

They played this at my brother’s best friends funeral. It’s a beautiful song. Read More…

This song is also discussed here…

I would love this song played at my funeral… i think it was also played at Michael Jackson’s Memorial…Read More…

The song is beautiful and I only hope people will wish I’m here when I’m gone. Read More…

We played this at my grandmas funeral about 2 months ago. It’s a pretty sad song. I started crying when it all fit together with the pictures that were playing too. Read More…

My girlfriend’s husband past away suddenly and there was no music at the funeral. Although my friend lost the love of her life – it did not reflect in the plain funeral…Read More…

This was my Grandpas favorite song and what better but to honor him with such a beautiful song.  Read More…

When this song was originally released it talked to my soul and I played it on repeat constantly. Last year this song was in a TV advert and my Dad asked me … Read More…

This was played at my grandmas funeral- beautiful song. Read More…

My mum asked for this song to be played at her funeral 20 years before we had to! 

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This song was played at my grandpas funeral. It is a beautiful song. I love u grandpa, u will be forever missed!! Read More….

My best friend took her own life at the age of 16.We played “Who am I to Say” by Hope and “Speeding cars” – Imogen Heep. They were songs I knew her and I connected on, but if I could go back I would play this song…Read More…

In memory of Beth. All proceeds to go cancer research. Read More…

Just attended a funeral of a man who was like an uncle to me. The saddest part of this was, he died doing the one thing I love to do, that is go fishing. Read More…

I sang this at a friends funeral in tribute to the wonderful legacy he left us all. I also heard it at a funeral being played during a memorial slide show. Read More…

My grandma passed away on June 2016 and when I hear this song I can imagine that she’s like a bird flying and that she’s waiting for me because “Maybe one day I’ll fly next to you”  Read More…

I have recently been contemplating my death and have been thinking about songs that would be a good fit for my very own funeral. Shinedown has many songs that I like but I think Call Me is a good fit for a funeral…Read More…

I sang this at my grandmothers funeral. It is a beautiful song that tells that someone you love is never lost, but always with you. Read More…

This song is dedicated to Corey Haim. I miss you Corey Haim. You will always be our little angel. Read More…

Played at the funeral of my nephew as a slideshow of photos and video played. It was so incredibly sad but helps in an ongoing way to connect with feelings and memories of times with him.  Read More…

I love this one! Read More…

Simply, it’s about the journey through grief to wholeness. Read More…

It’s hard to prepare for a funeral, music helps a lot though. Read More…

A friend told me his mother-in-law passed away, and his wife was having a hard time looking for music for the funeral, so I gave him a copy of of The Odes Project. Read More…

What are the best funeral songs?

What is the best song you ever heard at a funeral? 
What song do you want played at your funeral? 
Do you ever hear a song on the radio and it brings back memories of a funeral you attended?
Are you a musician with an original song that could be added to our list?
Share your story in the comments below 🙂

2 thoughts on “Funeral Song Reviews

  1. One of the most beautiful funeral songs I’ve ever head is a song called ‘Heaven’s Garden’ by Kieran Brennan. It was played at mothers funeral and I’ve since heard it at three other funerals. Every time I hear it I have this beautiful image of my mom in heavens garden at peace and happy. I have tears in my eyes now as I write these words, it’s just such a spiritual and beautiful song. I’m not sure how to publish a link here but the YouTube link if you want to hear this very special song is.

     
    1. Hi Arlene, thanks for sharing. “Heaven’s Garden” is a beautiful song.

       

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