Being intentional in the music you choose for your loved one’s service makes the celebration of their life even more meaningful. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite, most beautiful songs for memorial services.
1. You Raise Me Up, Josh Groban
Josh Groban’s beautiful song highlights the power of your loved ones. Our loved ones provide us with essential love, support, and understanding, and guide us through our toughest times. Our favorite lyric: “You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains.”
2. Amazing Grace
As one of the most well-known and well-loved spiritual songs of all time, many have chosen to perform “Amazing Grace.” The best versions include those by Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and Celine Dion.
3. I'll Be Seeing You, Billie Holiday
We think these lyrics speak for themselves: “I’ll be looking at the moon, but I’ll be seeing you.”
4. I Will Always Love You, Dolly Parton
You simply can’t curate a memorial playlist without including “I Will Always Love You,” by Dolly Parton. This song is a message to loved ones who have passed, as one last reminder.
5. Ave Maria, Celine Dion
This song is one of the greats for a reason. The melody is equally beautiful and heartbreaking, touching the heart of each and every listener. Ave Maria is one of the most popular prayer songs, but it’s perfect for any kind of funeral service.
6. You'll Be In My Heart, Tarzan
“You’ll Be In My Heart,” is a bit of an unexpected one. This song from one of Disney’s hit animated movies, Tarzan, serves as a powerful celebration of life and love. In fact, this one may be our favorite.
7. I'll Be Missing You, Puff Daddy ft. Faith Evans
This song provides a change of pace from other slow, spiritual memorial songs. “I’ll Be Missing You,” tells the story of how love can be lost, but always be with us nonetheless.
8. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel
Any version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” is powerful, but especially the version by Simon and Garfunkel, and Aretha Franklin. You really can’t go wrong with some of the best songwriters and singers of all time.
9. Time to Say Goodbye by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
“Time To Say Goodbye,” is timeless. This Italian song has almost unbelievable vocals. Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman’s musical masterpiece is the perfect song for every part of a memorial service.
10. I’ll Fly Away by Johnny Cash
Last but not least, Johnny Cash’s “I’ll Fly Away” is a great last song for your loved one’s funeral. This spiritual number is about one’s journey to heaven after passing, and the peace and comfort that comes with it.