Funeral Songs to Remember a Loved One

Planning a funeral is a task that feels almost impossible. Trying to honor the deceased in a truly meaningful way isn’t easy. Thankfully, that’s what funeral directors are there for. They can use their expertise to walk your family through this challenging time and plan a service to honor your loved one. Choosing songs to play that will add something to the service is a challenge, but these classic funeral song choices are always a good option. 

I Will Remember You 

You can’t talk about classic funeral song choices without mentioning this song by Sarah McLachlan. The lyrics speak about reflecting on the memories you’ve shared with someone in the past and being sad that they’re gone. This song has remained the most popular choice for funerals for nearly 20 years! Anyone attending is sure to recognize the tune and easily relate to the lyrics. 


This Beyonce song is another popular choice for families looking to play something more modern. It’s a piano ballad that reflects on losing someone you loved too soon. There’s been a lot of speculation that the song was originally written to remember a miscarriage Beyonce suffered, but the lyrics ring true for anyone suffering from the loss of a loved one. 

When I Get Where I’m Going 

Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton collaborated to create this heartwarming tune. The lyrics remind you that even though your loved one is no longer here, they’re in a better place where you’ll be able to meet them again someday. The theme of this song is a good fit for families who emphasize their religion and after-life beliefs as part of the funeral service.

Drink a Beer 

Luke Bryan takes a different approach to this song about unexpected loss. Instead of the more refined lyrics in the other songs, this song discusses how someone deals with an unexpected loss right after it happens. Luke Bryan sings about watching a sunset, drinking a beer, and reflecting on losing someone. Grief is messy, difficult, and different for everyone and this song does a great job of capturing that. 

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If you need assistance planning a funeral service in the Boston area, contact Hamel-Lydon Chapel today. Our experienced team can help you plan the perfect service to remember your lost loved one in a truly special way.  

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