25 Best Funeral Songs For A Sister

14. “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins

Song year: 1999

As a childhood song, Phil Collin’s “You’ll Be In My Heart” could be a very fitting but devastating funeral song. It’s a comforting reminder that no matter where our sister has gone, she is in our hearts, and we are in hers.

15. “Wait” by M83

Song year: 2012

“Wait” is a song that has a beautifully haunting sound. With very few lyrics, it’s the instrumental that we feel in our hearts. The song focuses on the concept of time and how there isn’t any left. Losing someone removes all the time you could have spent with them.

There left in memories now, and that’s one of the most painful things to feel. 

16. “Little Wonders” by Rob Thomas

Song year: 2011

“Little Wonders” is a song about the tiny parts of life that mean so much to us. It states that no matter what happens or how much time passes, we will always have memories that mean everything to us.

Rob Thomas’s powerful delivery of this song adds to its emotional impact.

Losing a sister is a horrible, gut-wrenching feeling, but it’s through their love and the moments we shared with them that we remember even as the years pass. Love remains in life and death.

17. “Safe & Sound” by Taylor Swift

Song year: 2012

Taylor Swift has an ethereal sound to her voice in the song “Safe & Sound,” and paired with the simplistic acoustics in the background; this song is stunning.

The lyrics are about protecting the ones we love, reassuring them they're safe, and everything will be okay. It’s a hard listen when grieving, but it’s a very sisterly thing to do. Siblings protect and love, and reassure even if they aren’t sure it’s true.

18. “Graceland Too” by Phoebe Bridgers

Song year: 2020

“Graceland Too” is a gentle song about loving someone who finds difficulty in liking themself. A lot of sister and sibling relationships come with openness and hardships, but we would do anything for them.

Phoebe Bridgers has a calmness to her voice, but it’s rich with emotion. This song is a beautiful funeral song because even in death, we still love, and if anything, we carry on for them because it’s what they would have wanted.

19. “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles

Song year: 2017

“Sign of the Times” is a piano-fueled, powerful song about how things are horrible at the moment, but it’s a reassurance that it will pass and we will move forward.

For a sister’s funeral, it can be a reminder of the good times, a reminder of the grief, and a way of our sister’s telling us we’ll be okay. One of the hardest parts of grieving is knowing our loved one would want us to be okay, but how can we when we don’t have them?

20. “Ribs” by Lorde

Song year: 2018

While this song is one of the more upbeat songs on our list and may not sound like a traditional funeral song, the message is one of love, friendship, growing old, and the loss of that childhood. Losing a sister matures you and completely removes any ounce of innocence you have.

Lorde’s voice makes it clear that she desperately wants that feeling back, and in turn, we want our sister back. We want to be kids again, laugh again and be young and dumb. Yet, we will never be able to again. 

21. “I’m with You” by Avril Lavigne

Song year: 2010

“I’m with You” is a song about loneliness, and it resonates deeply with a sister bond because sometimes they’re the only people you can feel safe around. Now that they’re gone, grief and pain can take over and leave us the most lonely we’ve ever been.

Yet, they’re still with us. We have them forever in our minds, hearts, and memories. 

22. “When I Look At You” by Miley Cyrus

Song year: 2010

“When I Look At You” is a beautiful song meant to be inspirational, but as a funeral song, it’s heartbreaking. Miley Cyrus offers stunning vocals in this song about feeling doubt and fear and being able to turn to someone who you feel has all the answers.

For sisters, they can be our guides, muses, inspiration, and light. While this remains true in death, we lose that ability to turn to them for advice. But it’s our sister, and they’ll always be in our hearts and shine down on us when we need them.

23. “The Wisp Sings” by Winter Aid

Song year: 2015

“The Wisp Sings” is a gentle song about grieving and how tiring it is. It’s a song seeking comfort like they had when they were young because then they were happy and felt alive.

Losing a sister makes you want to go back in time and relive all those little moments. What’s beautiful about this dong for a funeral is the simple piano instrumental that takes up half of it. The lyrics are simplistic, then gone, and the music remains.

24. “All I Want” by Kodaline

Song year: 2012

“All I Want” is a song about the death of a loved one and being unable to come to terms with why they left. It’s heartbreaking in its lyrics, the title referring to the only thing they want is the person who passed.

Losing a sister can feel like a betrayal in some way. She was someone we were supposed to grow up with and old with, but they’re gone, and we’re left here to grieve and pick up the pieces.

25. “Hear You Me” by Jimmy Eat World

Song year: 2001

“Hear You Me” is a beautiful farewell funeral song. We love our sister and don’t want her to go, but this song is filled with acceptance and letting her go peacefully. Jimmy Eat World finds a way to make death sound peaceful,

There’s no room in our life for anger or resentment despite not getting to say everything we wish we could have. Our sister already knew the love we felt for her. Now, because we love her just as much, we let her pass on.

Top Funeral Songs For A Sister, Final Thoughts

Losing a sister isn’t just losing a family, but losing a friend and a soulmate. Our sisters, younger or older, hold their places in our hearts until we see them on the other side.

Whether you choose a funeral song for a sister from our list or decide to go a different route, you’ll find the perfect song for you, your family, and your dear sister.

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