A woman playing guitar in a record store


Written by Matt Frazer


When a loved one passes away, families strive to put together the most meaningful service. One of the most difficult things to do can be music selection. Finding the right songs for a loved one’s funeral can be overwhelming. The choices are endless.


If a picture is worth a thousand words, a song can be worth a thousand memories. As more funerals are being personalized, using popular music in place of hymns to better memorialize a loved one is gaining popularity.


Hymns and other so-called traditional funeral ways are giving way to funeral personalization and life celebrations. For instance, more and more pop music is being played during the funeral and memorial services. Generic funeral stationery is being replaced with personalized funeral products. Even the way people attend a funeral is changing. Funeral webcasting makes it possible to attend a funeral online. Through a password-protected site, the bereaved can log in and watch the service live or as a delayed broadcast. New technology and funeral software make all this possible.


Another great way the bereaved are incorporating the most popular funeral songs and personal favorites into a funeral service is by including them in a DVD Tribute Video. Funeral directors can use specialized software to create these keepsake videos in-house using a menu-driven program. The cinematic-quality result is a moving tribute complete with favorite songs, pictures capturing special moments, and introduction and ending video clips for a complete movie-like feel.


How to Select Funeral Music

Many people may select a funeral song that was meaningful to the deceased — perhaps it was their favorite hit that they played again and again. Other families choose more traditional funeral music.


The top funeral songs range from religious in nature to soft, slow melodies all the way to rock songs. Here are some examples of some popular songs:

  • Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  • What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  • Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Guns N’ Roses
  • Candle in the Wind – Elton John
  • Over the Rainbow – Eva Cassidy
  • Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
  • Amazing Grace – Various Artists

Currently, on a list of top 20 songs heard at funerals, while Frank Sinatra is on top of the chart with My Way, Adele isn’t too far behind coming in at number 22 with her smash hit Someone Like You.


Whether the bereaved select songs about death, songs about love, sullen songs or bright anthems — each one, in its own way, can help connect the living to the deceased in a meaningful way.


Frazer Consultants’ primary products and services include interactive funeral home website design, funeral Tribute Video software, funeral webcasting, funeral candles, funeral keepsakes, funeral register books, personalized funeral stationery, and holiday remembrance ornaments. For more information, call 866-372-9372.