Choosing a funeral song is deeply personal. Whether it’s lyrics that commemorate your spouse meaningfully or a tune that speaks to your heart, you will know when you’ve found the right song.
These funeral songs for a husband are among the top options. Each one is different, but all are loving odes to a partner who will always live on in your memories.
“There You’ll Be” by Faith Hill
Song Year: 2001
Faith Hill recorded “There You’ll Be” for the 2001 film Pearl Harbor. This emotional ballad is about a woman’s love for her late spouse and how she will always keep him close to her heart.
Because it’s from a war movie, it captures the pain of losing someone while they’re still young. It would also be a wonderful funeral song for a husband who served in the military.
“My Way” by Frank Sinatra
Song Year: 1969
Some men are known for being strong-willed, tenacious, and self-determined. “My Way” by Frank Sinatra is the perfect funeral song for a husband with these characteristics.
The song is sung from the perspective of someone looking back on his life’s triumphs and mistakes and regretting nothing because he knows that no matter what, he always stayed true to who he was.
“When I Get Where I’m Going” by Brad Paisley
Song Year: 2005
“When I Get Where I’m Going,” by Brad Paisley is another country song that focuses on hope and the future, but this time, it’s from the perspective of a person facing the prospect of their own death.
The narrator looks forward to the day in heaven when he will get a chance to fly, play with tame animals, and meet Jesus.
It’s a beautiful funeral song for a religious husband who was at peace with the idea of moving on to the next life.
“Keep Me in Your Heart” by Warren Zevon
Song Year: 2003
Warren Zevon was a prolific songwriter known for his witty lyrics that audiences could identify with. Zevon recorded “Keep Me in Your Heart” shortly before his death in 2003.
The narrator is dying and asks his loved ones to keep him in their thoughts as they go about their everyday lives.
The humility of the song is what makes it so touching. He isn’t asking for a vast monument to be built for him or even to be remembered forever. All he asks is that they think of him now and then – for a while.
“See You Again” by Carrie Underwood
Song Year: 2012
Country music offers some of the best goodbye songs, whether about a lover who walks away or a loved one who passes on.
If you’re looking for a country song for a husband’s funeral, but want one that’s modern and has a glimmer of hope, consider “See You Again” by Carrie Underwood. The song’s lyrics talk about losing someone you love yet being comforted by the idea that you will see them again someday.
The song’s sound isn’t one of sadness and misery; it’s a ballad with a hopeful tune and lyrics that focus on love and encouragement.
“My Love” by Celine Dion
Song Year: 2012
Celine Dion’s power ballad “My Heart Will Go On” is one of the top funeral songs, but some people feel it’s too overused for their loved one’s ceremony. This is understandable. A song that’s such a massive hit associated with a blockbuster movie doesn’t feel intimate enough to be a suitable sendoff for a spouse.
The song describes the ups and downs of their marriage, and she mentions feeling like she made mistakes in their relationship. But in the end, she was there for him, helping him through his last days.
The heartfelt lyrics capture the real struggles of an ordinary marriage and how illness and death bring a relationship down to its framework of love.
“In My Life” by The Beatles
Song Year: 1965
“In My Life” by The Beatles is a sweet song of nostalgia.
The narrator describes the people and things in his life that he has loved and how he will always have affection for the wonderful memories of his time on earth. But, at the end of the second chorus, he says that of all the people and things he adores, he loves his partner more.
This is a wonderful funeral song for an older couple who lived full lives and still found the most comfort and connection with each other.
“Time To Say Goodbye” by Andrea Bocelli
Song Year: 1996
In 1996, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and British soprano Sarah Brightman teamed up for a variation on the song “Con Te Partiro,” changing the title to “Time To Say Goodbye.”
While it’s technically an opera song, it was a crossover hit, thanks to its universally relatable lyrics about parting ways with a loved one and desperately wishing you could have gone with them on more of life’s adventures.
Bocelli’s and Brightman’s amazing voices, backed by a talented orchestra, stir feelings of pain and love that are suitable for a sad occasion, yet the uplifting tune is one of hope.
“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” by Monty Python
Song Year: 1979
If you’re planning a funeral for a husband who was always joking, laughing, and pointing out the absurdity of life, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” is a great song choice.
This song from Monty Python’s Life of Brian is an upbeat show tune that urges listeners to keep a sunny demeanor even in the face of great difficulty, including their own death.
The song’s humorous lyrics go perfectly with the happy whistle in the chorus, and it’s sure to bring a smile to the faces of funeral guests, cheering them up for a while.
“Unforgettable” by Natalie Cole
Song Year: 1952
For decades, couples have chosen this classic love song as their wedding dance. This simple yet poetic ballad was released in 1952 and has stood the test of time thanks to its beautiful lyrics and melody.
Unsurprisingly, “Unforgettable” makes sense as a funeral song for a husband, too. The lyrics describe the eternal nature of love between spouses and the gratitude people feel when the person they’re in love with loves them back.