Example of Funeral Music:
1. My Way, Frank Sinatra
2. The Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler
3. Angels, Robbie Williams
4. Time To Say Goodbye, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
5. Stairway To Heaven, Led Zepplin
6. My Heart Will Go On, Celine Dion
7. I Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston
8. Goodbye My Lover, James Blunt
9. Candle In The Wind, Elton John
10. The Show Must Go On, Queen
11. Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong
12. Unforgettable, Nat King Amazing Grace, Lesley Garrett and other artists
13. We’ll Meet Again, Vera Lynn
14. Over the Rainbow, Judy Garland or Eva Cassidy
15. Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley, kd Lang, Alexandra BurkeCole
Classical music for funerals
Hymns for Funerals
Even those who haven’t sung a hymn since school may be surprisingly familiar with some of these old favourites:
Gospel Music for Funerals
This is our Top 10 list of gospel music for funerals.
By Dolores M. Garcia
If roses grow in heaven,
Lord please pick a bunch for me,
Place them in my Mother’s arms
and tell her they’re from me.
Tell her I love her and miss her,
and when she turns to smile,
place a kiss upon her cheek
and hold her for awhile.
Because remembering her is easy,
I do it every day,
but there’s an ache within my heart
that will never go away.
By an Unknown Author
How is it that I never saw your wings
when you were here with me?
When you closed your eyes and soared
to the Heavens I could hear the
faint flutter of you wings as you left.
Your body no longer on this side
your spirit here eternally I see your halo shine.
I close my eyes and see the multi-colored wings
surround me in my saddest moments and my happiest times.
Mother my angel God has given you your assignment
always my mother forever my angel.
You fly into my dreams and when I am asleep
I feel your wings brush against my face wiping away
the tears I shed since I can no longer hold
you in my arms but in my heart.
You earned those wings dear mother
and you will always be me angel eternal.
You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there.
I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there.
I did not die.
Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.
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