Favorite Songs for Memorial Services

By: Anderson-Marry Funeral Home
Friday, September 2, 2016

Favorite Songs for Memorial Services

Music is often an integral part of a memorial service. Music moves people emotionally, and it can help transition from one part of a ceremony to another. Most of us have a song or a type of music that we’re fond of. This type of music is often made part of a memorial service to help the mourners remember us in a favorable way. That being said, there are some common themes amongst memorial and funeral songs.

Here’s a list of favorite songs that may help you plan a memorable service for your loved one.

Favorite Contemporary Songs

  1. Amazing Grace
  2. Candle in the Wind – Elton John
  3. Change The World – Eric Clapton
  4. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Elton John
  5. I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
  6. I Will Remember You – Sarah McLachalan
  7. Imagine – John Lennon
  8. In My Life – The Beatles
  9. Lean on Me – Bill Withers
  10. Memory – Barbra Streisand
  11. Over The Rainbow
  12. Simply the Best – Tina Turner
  13. So Far Away – Carole King
  14. Stand by Me – Ben E. King
  15. Sunshine on My Shoulders – John Denver
  16. Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
  17. The Rose – Bette Midler
  18. The Way We Were – Barbra Streisand
  19. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole
  20. Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker, Jennifer Warnes
  21. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  22. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  23. You Are So Beautiful To Me – Joe Cocker
  24. You Are The Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
  25. You’ve Got a Friend – James Taylor

Favorite Classical Songs

  1. Chopin Funeral March
  2. Dance of the Blessed Spirits by Gluck
  3. Preludes Chopin Op.28
  4. Elegy by Faure
  5. Ave Maria

This list is just the beginning of what’s possible. Consider the people attending the service as well as the deceased. What songs represent the connection? What songs can help people mourn and begin the process of healing? How can your music choice show respect, love, and sympathy? Choosing favorite songs for memorial services helps add a personal touch to the event.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Traditions

  Traditions As the coming holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are rapidly approaching, it puts us in mind of all the traditions, both easy and hard, that go with those holiday...

Prepaying For Your Funeral and Medicaid "Spend down"

Prepaying For Your Funeral and Medicaid “Spend down” My last several articles have talked about preplanning your funeral and why you would want to do that as a gift to your family.  The more ...

One of 125 Decisions to Make Before you Die

ONE OF 125 DECISIONS TO MAKE BEFORE YOU DIE When you think about the type of funeral you want, do you know if you would have a Traditional Burial, an Immediate Burial, a Traditional Cremation, or ...

Having a Plan in Place for your Funeral

HAVING A PLAN IN PLACE FOR YOUR FUNERAL Planning anything is an important first step in making sure that whatever the event is, it becomes the kind of event you wanted.  Think of the hours th...

Pre-Planning Your Funeral

PREPLANNING YOUR FUNERAL There is one conversation that many people avoid, and that is talking about their funeral.  Would your family know what to do when they get that inevitable phone call...

Keeping in Touch with Family Members After a Funeral

Keeping in Touch with Family Members After a Funeral Keeping in touch with family can be difficult even in ordinary times, but especially after family connections have been severed by a death. Peo...

Funeral Etiquette – Tips for the Reception

Funeral Etiquette – Tips for the Reception It is important for many people to understand what behavior is expected at a funeral reception. Different cultures and different communities may have pra...

The History of a Traditional Irish Wake

The History of a Traditional Irish Wake The traditional Irish Wake has a long history. Although some areas still practice the traditional wake, many are now replacing it with a time of visitation....

What to Expect from a Funeral Home

What to Expect from a Funeral Home The funeral home has become the normal location for visitation, wakes, and even funeral services. The funeral home industry is regulated and that makes it a litt...

Knowing What to Say at a Funeral

Knowing What to Say at a Funeral Having the right words can be a challenge under the best of circumstances, but knowing what to say at a funeral can leave us all struggling at one time or another....