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Songs for funerals that make people laugh and cry

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I  have often reflected that the deceased person at a funeral would be shocked to hear how very valued they are and the little things that identified them to their loved ones. This comes out in eulogies but also in songs for funerals that make people laugh and cry. Lives are a series of ups and downs for all of us whatever those apparently perfect social media posts pretend. So it seems apt that at the end of our lives our mourners should shed a tear but also have a giggle. I asked some blogger friends what they would choose as their last song.
Songs For Funerals

Songs for funerals reminding us of loved ones

I already know and have known since the very first time I heard the song. I want “The Sound of Silence” by Disturbed. It touched me and still does today. I first heard it just after my Dad died of cancer and I bawled my eyes out because of the emotion in his voice, it’s so haunting and simply stunning. I try to listen to it at least once a week to get my ‘fix’ but also to keep the memory of my Dad alive. https://ourbucketlistlives.co.uk

I’d have E.L.O Mr Blue Sky. My Dad chose this for his funeral and every time I hear it I smile. It reminds me that he loved to live, and took pleasure from the simple things in life like feeling the sun on his face. I’d want my boys to remember the good times we shared and I think this song would give them the mindset to do that. We all have to die, but we should celebrate life! www.dirtdiggersanddinosaurs.com

Abide With Me. I’m not a strict church goer but this hymn means a lot to me. It reminds me of dad in particular (who is thankfully still with us) and that sense that you’re never really alone. I just find it so comforting and can never listen to it without shedding a getting a lump in my throat. Https://mightymamabear.com

Make people smile

I would have ‘Goodbye’ by the Spice Girls… a little bit tongue in cheek to make my loved ones smile! Thatlittleoutfit.net
I went to a funeral recently. The opening song was ‘Who wants to live forever?’ and the closing song was ‘Another one bites the dust’ which I thought was brilliant. www.familytravelwithellie.com
I’ve always said I want the last thing I hear to be Gary Barlow’s voice… so one of Take That’s songs for me! Www.mumfullofdreams.com
I want “Don’t stop me now” by Queen. A bit tongue in cheek but would hopefully lighten the mood

Mine would be Candy Staton You Got The Love as it’s my favourite song as that’s on the basis I die before my husband. So morbid I know but he’s my best friend and always been there through some tough times. Www.backwithabump.co.uk

Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra. It was the song for my first dance at my wedding and a special one. Jackson 5 ‘I want you back’ is my song that always gets me up dancing but don’t think that would be so appropriate! www.redkitedays.co.uk

I’d have magnolia by jj cale a song I fell in love too Thrifty-home.co.uk

Life really does go on

The Show Must Go On by Queen because the lyrics are very poignant and I would want my loved ones to carry on with their lives www.mummyswaisted.co.uk

Marie Curie charity campaign

Marie Curie is working on the  biggest ever public awareness campaign about death.  The campaign is called #TalkAbout and aims to get the nation talking more openly about death and dying by having conversations with loved ones, friends and family.

Death is still one of the biggest taboos in our society, with many people feeling completely unprepared when it comes to the end. Talking about it, whether it’s with friends, family or followers, can help us be more supportive, open, but also give us the opportunity to plan for our own end of life that is fitting with our values and personality.

What songs for funerals do you like best?

 

 

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9 Comments

  • Eva Katona

    Isn’t talking about death will always remain somewhat a taboo since we just don’t know what comes after? I’d probably go with one of my favourite songs, Here Comes The Sun by the Beatles as that’s what came to y mind first as reading your post.

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    We’re generally very uncomfortable talking about death and funerals as a society and that’s something I’ve become much more aware of since my daughter died last year. It’s good to see campaigns like this trying to break that taboo and encourage the conversations. For my daughter’s funeral, we chose ‘True Colours’ (the version from Trolls) as it had significance for her and us and the lyrics felt appropriate, and also had ‘For Good’ from Wicked, which again felt very appropriate. Abide with Me always makes me cry – we had that one at my dad’s funeral. I like some of the ideas for songs to make people smile too.

  • Sarah-Marie

    I always thought it would be quite funny to have This Is the Road To Hell played at my funeral but actually I think I’d probably go for something a little more in keeping such as Sarah Brightman’s Time To Say Goodbye. #StayClassyMama

  • loopyloulaura

    I want a mix at my funeral and wake! It’s My Life by Bon Jovi, Lord of All Hopefulness/Lord of the Dance (but sung happily not funereal), Rockabel’s Canon (funked up version of Pachelbel that we also had at our wedding), I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith. Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

  • loopyloulaura

    Since reading this for my other linky, my grandmother has died. It is so important to talk to our children about death and allow them to see a range of emotions: sadness at the loss but also relief that pain has ended, joy at the memories. Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama

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