In Search of Music for Funerals

When planning funerals at funeral homes in Rockford, IL, one of the parts of the funeral service that serves a very important function in the mourning process is the music that is selected and played in tribute to your loved one who has died.

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There are many popular funeral songs that may fit the message you want the music in your funeral service to convey. This list is not exhaustive – and you are not limited to any list, because the music you choose will be very personal – but it may give you some ideas or be a springboard for looking for just the right songs to play during the funeral service.

One very popular song that is played at funerals is Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s cover of “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” the iconic song from the movie Wizard of Oz. Kamakawiwo’ole’s version of this classic is an upbeat and hopeful rendition that speaks to happier times.

Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” performed by Jeff Buckley is also another popular funeral song. The song is a fitting tribute to love and loss, as it provides comfort to all those who are brokenhearted by expanding the traditional meaning of the word hallelujah beyond praise to celebration, mourning, regret, reconciliation, and finding peace in brokenness.

Another popular song that is often played at funerals is Garth Brooks’ “The Dance.” Leaving no doubt there will not be a dry eye in the funeral service by the end of the song, “The Dance” talks about life, choices, and how things turn out much differently than we suppose, but there is a peace with that in the end.

Luther Vandross’s “Dance with My Father” is a popular song that is played at funerals for fathers and grandfathers. It is an adult recollection of a father greatly loved and admired who asks if God will allow the father and mother to be reunited so they can dance together again as they did in life.

The Beatles have many songs that could be played at funerals, but one of the more frequently chosen ones is “In My Life.” The song is a retrospective of all the people who’ve crossed paths with a person’s life and how each one of them made an impacted and was loved, no matter how briefly the two lives intersected.

Cat Stevens’ “Oh Very Young” is another popular funeral song. It talks about the stages of life when we’re “dancing on this earth for a short while,” and the fact that dreams fade away into the reality of life and then we all fade away with death, even though we may want to last forever.

A very introspective popular funeral song is “Old and Wise” by Alan Parsons Project. The song talks in the first about the end of life and how the dying see things differently – “Bitter words mean little to me” – and they measure life in terms of their relationships. The second verse is about death and how the dead will be remembered by the people they knew and loved as time goes on.

Alan Jackson’s “Remember When” is also a popular funeral song selection. It is often played at funerals where a spouse has died and a spouse remains. The song takes a loving look at a long marriage with all its ups and downs, twists and turns, but love and devotion were the foundation that held it together.

For more information about funeral songs at funeral homes in Rockford, IL, our compassionate and experienced team at Collins & Stone Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit our funeral home at 128 S 5th Street, Rockford, IL 61104, or you can call us today at (815) 965-1515.

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