Great Funeral or Memorial Service Songs

Most people have a song that takes them back to a past event and that evokes strong emotion. It is one of those facts of life that a song can trigger a wide range of feelings. That is why it makes sense to play songs during a funeral service or memorial after cremation.

If you’d like some tips on what you can play at a memorial following a cremation service in Lorain, OH, read on for a list of great songs.

“Tears in Heaven”

This Eric Clapton song can be a beautiful tribute to the loss of a loved one. Co-written by Clapton and inspired by the death of the singer’s son, the song has poignant words, and the catchy acoustic guitar strumming will set the mood.


This appropriately titled song, “Asleep”, is by The Smith’s. Its melody has an almost lullaby-like sound and its lyrics make it the perfect tune to play at a funeral. Consider the following line, for instance: “Don’t feel bad for me. I want you to know. Deep in the cell of my heart, I really want to go. There is another world. There is a better world.” If those lyrics don’t hit the spot, nothing will.

“I Will Always Love You”

This classic Whitney Houston song, which was written by the one and only Dolly Parton, was featured on The Bodyguard movie and accompanying soundtrack. If your significant other is the one slated for a Lorain, OH cremation service, then this song, with it’s heartfelt words and soaring vocals, should at least be on the short list.


While re-recorded by a lot of artists over the years, the song, “Hallelujah”, was written by the late Leonard Cohen and sung by Jeff Buckley. It’s a funeral and memorial service staple, and there’s a reason for this. It has a simple melody and poetic, meaningful lyrics.

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, sung by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole, is one of those soulful feel-good songs that will remain a classic. You’ve heard it on the Wizard of Oz movie, but have you ever heard it at a memorial service following a cremation or a funeral service? It’s a great choice.

“Forever Young”

“Forever Young” by Alphaville is another song that you might find appropriate to honor your deceased loved one. Consider this portion of a verse from the song: “Let us die young or let us live forever. We don’t have the power, but we never say never.”

“My Heart will Go On”

This song, recorded by Céline Dion, is the perfect song for you if death has separated you from your spouse or significant other. Consider the opening lines: “Every night in my dreams I see you, I feel you. That is how I know you, go on.” Combining the lyrics with the singer’s vacal chops equals timeless classic.

“I Will Remember You”

“I Will Remember You”, a song recorded by Sarah McLachlan, is another song you can consider playing at funeral service or memorial service. The chorus goes like this: “I will remember you. Will you remember me? Don’t let your life pass you by. Weep not for the memories.” Wise words to commemorate the deceased — and to encourage the living.

At All Ohio Cremation & Burial Society, we’ll leave the playlist selection to you while we handle the cremation service particulars on your behalf. When death rears its head, you’ll have a lot on your plate. Let us help you, as we’ve been helping families from all walks of life. Get in touch any time at (216) 631-4500 for a free, unhurried consultation so that we can assess your need and make recommendations. You can also stop by at 16150 Brookpark Rd., Cleveland, OH, 44135 should you prefer to speak to someone in person.

Patrick Mahoney