Songs played at the funeral of an elderly parent are a way to memorialize your loved one. However, as caregivers and families are grieving their loss, its tough to have to think about funeral music and songs for the funeral memorial service. AgingCare has compiled some of the most popular funeral songs to help you find funeral music that resonates with your family and is appropriate to remember your elderly parent's life.

Popular Funeral Songs and Funeral Music

Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler

Did you ever know that you're my hero?
You're everything I wish I could be.
I could fly higher than an eagle,
for you are the wind beneath my wings.

Hero – Mariah Carey and various artists

And then a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside
And you know you can survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you'll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you

In The Arms Of An Angel - Sarah McLachlan

In the arms of an Angel fly away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
You're in the arms of an Angel; may you find some comfort here

Time to Say Goodbye - Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman

Time to say goodbye.
Places that I've never seen or experienced with you.
Now I shall, I'll sail with you upon ships across the seas,
seas that exist no more,
It's time to say goodbye.

Dance with My Father - Luther Vandross

If I could steal one final glance, one final step, one final dance with him
I'd play a song that would never, ever end
‘Cause I'd love, love, love
To dance with my father again

Amazing - Alex Lloyd

And I really didn't want that push today,
No, I really didn't want to end this way.
But the things that seem to bind us,
Are the things we put behind us on this day.

Memory - Barbra Streisand

Not a sound from the pavement
Has the moon lost her memory
She is smiling alone
In the lamplight
The withered leaves collect at my feet
And the wind begins to moan

The Long and Winding Road - Beatles

The long and winding road
That leads to your door
Will never disappear
I've seen that road before.
It always leads me here,
Leads me to your door.

Traditional Funeral Songs and Funeral Music

Passing Through - Ronan Keating

Now I love her and I miss her
She's the one who gave me life
She's the one who made the boy and the man
But her strength runs within me
Like the day she made me stand
Put some courage in your dreaming
Carve your footprints in the sand

Wishing You were Somehow Here Again - Andrew Lloyd Weber

Wishing you were somehow here again
Knowing we must say goodbye
Try to forgive, teach me to live
Give me the strength to try

Songs of Remembrance – Instrumental

Amazing Grace – Various artists

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

On Eagles Wings - Michael Crawford

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.
The snare of the fowler will never capture you,
And famine will bring you no fear;
Under His Wings your refuge,
His faithfulness your shield.

Contemporary Funeral Songs and Funeral Music

Go Rest High On That Mountain - Vince Gill

Oh, how we cried the day you left us
We gathered round your grave to grieve
I wish I could see the angels faces
When they hear your sweet voice sing

My Heart will Go On – Celine Dione

Near, far, wherever you are
I believe that the heart does go on
Once more you open the door
And you're here in my heart
And my heart will go on and on

You're Missing – Bruce Springsteen

Pictures on the nightstand, TV's on in the den
Your house is waiting, your house is waiting
For you to walk in, for you to walk in
But you're missing, when I shut out the lights
You're missing, when I close my eyes
You're missing, when I see the sun rise
You're missing

One Sweet Day - Mariah Carey

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.

You'll be in Heart – Phil Collins

'Cause you'll be in my heart
Yes, you'll be in my heart
From this day on
Now and forever more.

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Religious Funeral Songs and Funeral Music

Back in His Arms Again - Mark Schultz

I believe that He never let you go
I believe that He's wanting you to know
I believe that He'll lead you 'til
You're back in His arms again

Even the Darkness is Light to Him – Michael Card

The Father above does not slumber or sleep
He wakefully watches our ways
Then there's no reason for you to weep
For the Father above neither slumbers nor sleeps

Angels - Mary McLaughlin

For angels must walk before they can fly
And angels must learn to laugh and to cry
The angels are here, they're among you and I
We're all learning to be angels

Another Soldier's Coming Home - Mark Schultz

I believe that He never let you go
I believe that He's wanting you to know
I believe that He'll lead you 'til
You're back in His arms again.

How to Choose Music for a Funeral

When selecting the music for a funeral:

  • Choose songs that help mourners reflect on the decedent, grieve over his passing and celebrate his life.
  • Choose music that provides comfort and stimulates pleasant memories of the departed person.
  • Choose funeral songs that reflect the person's personality, or songs that are one of the departed parent's favorites. If the song has a special relevance to the decedent, consider preparing a short verbal introduction so that all mourners can understand its significance.
  • Ask family if they have any ideas or special requests for funeral songs or funeral music.
  • If you are having trouble choosing, consider instrumental funeral songs.
  • Before using funeral music, listen to the song completely before hand, and look over the lyrics. There are many websites that will list lyrics and let you preview songs.