Funerals take on the personality of the one who has passed. In some instances the services are heartbreaking and painful. Others are a time to celebrate the long and full life that has come to an end. One of the ways to personalize the mood of a memorial service is the music. This music, sometimes referred to as grave music as well as funeral hymns, can be found in a variety of genres.
Here are 10 tunes made popular by these artists:
Frank Sinatra – My Way
What better way to pay tribute to someone who has passed than to show how he or she truly was one-of-a-kind? Living your life on your own terms is the inspiration message behind this insightful and comforting song. Going out in style really is the way to go.
Eric Idle—Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
This song has risen to notoriety and is one of the top funeral songs. Its inspirational message reminds us that there is much more to look forward to in the afterlife. This grave music gives new meaning to the phrase “speaks from the grave.”
Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli – Time to Say Goodbye
This pop ballad rose to critical acclaim for its message offers comfort to the loved ones left behind.
Bette Midler—Wind Beneath My Wings
What better way to pay tribute to your loved one, than to play an inspiring song that shows how much that person truly meant to your life?
Eva Cassidy—Over the Rainbow
This might have been a classic Judy Garland song, but Eva’s take is so emotional and will tug at your heartstrings. It is the perfect song to remember a loved one who was taken too soon.
This pop song is not just for funerals, but it is the perfect tune to acknowledge the passing of someone who was truly an angel on earth.
The Beatles—In My Life
This melancholy ballad penned by John Lennon is all about longing and wishing. It is the ideal way to remember the life of someone who was taken tragically.
Westlife—You Raise Me Up
This grave music was originally by Secret Garden, but Westlife gives it new life and offers a song that clearly shows how someone else’s life can have a profound effect on your own.
Cyndi Lauper—Time After Time
This is a song of heartbreak and it is not just reserved for a bad breakup.
Celine Dion—My Heart Will Go On
There is nothing quite as healing as this artist’s powerful voice. It is a song that depicts loss, but also encourages loved ones to carry on after someone has left.
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