IMG_1992When you’re lying lifeless on a cold soft casket (and you know it!), what would you like to hear? If all the departed had the chance of actively planning for their final arrangements, they’d have left behind a list of songs they want played during their funeral. What songs would likely make it to the list?

If I am to choose my own funeral songs, I want them to be upbeat; nothing sorrowful. Gone are the days when funerals should be nothing but tears. These are the times when the life as well as the death of someone is reason enough for celebrations. The younger generations, or some of the older ones, prefer an atmosphere of happiness rather than the opposite. The so-called funeral songs, written mainly for funerals, are rarely used. The songs we listen to everyday could very well be your funeral song (all at your own discretion).

Here are a few modern songs widely popular on a daily basis but could be of use during funerals:

  1. Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
  2. How to save a life by The Frey
  3. Angel by Sarah Mclachlan
  4. You Raise me up by Westlife
  5. The Prayer by Celine Dion
  6. Run by Leona Lewis
  7. To where you are by Josh Groban
  8. Fix you by Coldplay
  9. With or Without you by U2
  10. Flying without wings by Westlife

Love songs originally written for a lover lost for no reason or just plain love songs are also the usual picks:

  1. Old songs by David Pomeranz
  2. Goodbye my lover by James Blunt
  3. Someone like you by Adele
  4. I will always love you by Whitney Houston
  5. My heart will go on by Celine Dion
  6. Unforgettable by Nat King Cole
  7. Unchained melody by Righteous brothers
  8. Somewhere only we know by Keane
  9. Because of you by Kelly Clarkson
  10. End of the road by Boyz II Men

The following are songs of hope, courage and strength for the family left behind:

  1. Dance with my father by Luther Vandross
  2. Wonderful world by Louis Armstrong
  3. Always look on the bright side of life by Monty Python
  4. You’ll never walk alone by Gerry and the Pacemakers
  5. Over the Rainbow by Eva Cassidy
  6. Wind beneath my wings by Bette Midler
  7. Lean on me by Bill Withers
  8. The Lord’s my shepherd by Various artists
  9. The rose by Bette Midler
  10. Morning has broken by Cat Stevens

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Shiela Mae Parreno is a writer for the Funeral Program where you can find beautiful templates for funeral related printed materials. LIKE us on Facebook to gain access to a free template. Follow us visually on Pinterest.